Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

47-2061 Construction Laborers

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction 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, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker are classified under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3010). Excludes "Hazardous Materials Removal Workers" (47-4041).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
779,370 0.9 % $16.43 $34,170 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.05 $11.03 $14.30 $19.61 $28.00
Annual Wage (2) $18,820 $22,940 $29,730 $40,800 $58,250


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 115,800 21.68 $16.23 $33,760
Nonresidential Building Construction 99,750 15.33 $17.49 $36,380
Residential Building Construction 86,070 14.92 $15.49 $32,220
Utility System Construction 80,070 20.19 $16.64 $34,600
Employment Services 76,110 2.58 $13.90 $28,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 73,490 24.74 $18.28 $38,030
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 24,010 24.68 $18.32 $38,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 115,800 21.68 $16.23 $33,760
Utility System Construction 80,070 20.19 $16.64 $34,600
Nonresidential Building Construction 99,750 15.33 $17.49 $36,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 120 0.03 $32.12 $66,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 220 0.04 $24.07 $50,070
Natural Gas Distribution 1,870 1.72 $22.59 $46,990
Activities Related to Real Estate 460 0.08 $21.92 $45,600
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,030 0.26 $21.79 $45,320


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 101,330 9.83 1.62 $12.25 $25,490
California 83,990 5.98 0.98 $20.10 $41,800
New York 47,720 5.66 0.93 $23.72 $49,340
Illinois 42,680 7.66 1.26 $19.19 $39,920
Florida 39,900 5.58 0.92 $12.74 $26,490




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 9,050 11.64 1.92 $12.83 $26,690
Texas 101,330 9.83 1.62 $12.25 $25,490
Utah 11,400 9.78 1.61 $13.32 $27,700
Wyoming 2,640 9.67 1.59 $14.80 $30,790
West Virginia 6,490 9.27 1.53 $15.95 $33,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 3,180 5.51 0.91 $24.67 $51,320
New York 47,720 5.66 0.93 $23.72 $49,340
Massachusetts 14,980 4.75 0.78 $23.40 $48,670
New Jersey 17,240 4.57 0.75 $22.90 $47,630
Alaska 2,640 8.42 1.39 $22.26 $46,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 28,460 7.94 1.31 $18.83 $39,170
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 28,430 11.14 1.83 $12.55 $26,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 24,740 4.89 0.80 $27.37 $56,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,130 4.74 0.78 $19.55 $40,670
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 16,180 7.91 1.30 $12.29 $25,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 14,570 6.31 1.04 $15.43 $32,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 13,690 8.06 1.33 $14.79 $30,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 12,580 5.65 0.93 $14.46 $30,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,650 6.96 1.15 $19.45 $40,460
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 9,090 7.96 1.31 $20.17 $41,960