Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

47-2061 Construction Laborers

Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Exclude construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker, and classify them under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3011 through 47-3016).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
856,440 0.8 % $15.96 $33,190 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.86 $10.92 $14.01 $19.11 $27.05
Annual Wage (2) $18,430 $22,700 $29,150 $39,750 $56,270


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 128,400 $15.65 $32,550
Nonresidential Building Construction 118,840 $17.23 $35,840
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 97,700 $15.56 $32,370
Residential Building Construction 91,620 $15.17 $31,540
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 79,720 $17.93 $37,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion Picture and Video Industries 100 $30.46 $63,360
Rail Transportation 370 $22.82 $47,470
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,050 $21.27 $44,230
Natural Gas Distribution 1,070 $21.02 $43,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 940 $20.59 $42,820


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New Mexico 11,880 $11.67 $24,270 14.843
Texas 106,470 $11.36 $23,620 10.347
Wyoming 2,830 $14.95 $31,090 10.015
Alaska 3,000 $23.65 $49,190 9.740
Utah 11,370 $12.95 $26,930 9.587

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Hawaii 4,610 $23.75 $49,400 7.835
Alaska 3,000 $23.65 $49,190 9.740
New York 44,710 $22.81 $47,440 5.268
Massachusetts 14,240 $22.50 $46,810 4.493
New Jersey 18,080 $22.42 $46,620 4.696


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Farmington, NM 1,350 $12.38 $25,760 26.527
Victoria, TX 770 $12.32 $25,620 16.127
Odessa, TX 950 $12.08 $25,120 15.756
Albuquerque, NM 5,890 $11.34 $23,580 15.430
Greeley, CO 1,190 $14.67 $30,510 15.092

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 23,600 $26.09 $54,270 4.661
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 6,230 $24.96 $51,920 3.693
Anchorage, AK 1,510 $24.95 $51,910 9.144
Honolulu, HI 2,970 $24.93 $51,860 6.897
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 360 $24.90 $51,790 7.295


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010