Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
824,970 0.8 % $16.84 $35,020 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.46 $11.50 $14.64 $20.06 $28.32
Annual Wage (2) $19,670 $23,930 $30,460 $41,720 $58,900


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 128,040 23.13 $16.80 $34,940
Nonresidential Building Construction 101,890 15.31 $18.11 $37,660
Residential Building Construction 96,080 16.10 $15.55 $32,340
Utility System Construction 89,270 19.97 $17.02 $35,410
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 87,400 12.26 $16.15 $33,590

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 73,900 24.71 $18.99 $39,500
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 24,710 24.29 $17.67 $36,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 128,040 23.13 $16.80 $34,940
Utility System Construction 89,270 19.97 $17.02 $35,410
Residential Building Construction 96,080 16.10 $15.55 $32,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 650 0.17 $24.39 $50,720
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $23.34 $48,560
Motion Picture and Video Industries 350 0.09 $23.24 $48,350
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 50 0.05 $23.08 $48,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 270 0.04 $22.93 $47,700


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 108,160 9.91 1.59 $13.01 $27,060
California 87,000 5.91 0.95 $20.45 $42,530
New York 50,620 5.86 0.94 $23.23 $48,320
Florida 42,940 5.76 0.93 $13.25 $27,560
Pennsylvania 33,380 5.94 0.96 $16.89 $35,130




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)
North Dakota 5,790 13.70 2.20 $17.79 $37,010
West Virginia 8,410 11.86 1.91 $15.84 $32,940
New Mexico 8,910 11.36 1.83 $13.20 $27,460
Wyoming 3,130 11.24 1.81 $15.61 $32,460
Texas 108,160 9.91 1.59 $13.01 $27,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 3,310 5.50 0.88 $23.57 $49,020
New York 50,620 5.86 0.94 $23.23 $48,320
Illinois 32,020 5.61 0.90 $23.00 $47,840
Massachusetts 16,450 5.05 0.81 $22.97 $47,780
New Jersey 18,670 4.89 0.79 $22.44 $46,670





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 32,500 11.78 1.89 $13.61 $28,300
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 26,920 5.13 0.83 $26.02 $54,120
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 18,760 5.07 0.81 $25.11 $52,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 17,500 4.40 0.71 $20.82 $43,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 16,570 9.30 1.49 $13.95 $29,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 16,560 7.18 1.15 $13.94 $29,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 15,500 7.21 1.16 $12.70 $26,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 14,720 6.22 1.00 $15.93 $33,130
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 10,120 8.42 1.35 $21.28 $44,260
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,820 6.76 1.09 $18.72 $38,930