Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
887,580 0.8 % $17.57 $36,550 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.92 $12.20 $15.34 $20.80 $29.36
Annual Wage (2) $20,640 $25,380 $31,910 $43,260 $61,070


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 143,960 23.25 $17.69 $36,790
Residential Building Construction 108,340 15.92 $16.02 $33,320
Nonresidential Building Construction 107,470 14.84 $18.85 $39,210
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 101,110 12.67 $17.34 $36,060
Utility System Construction 95,490 19.82 $17.89 $37,200

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 77,670 24.52 $20.29 $42,200
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 143,960 23.25 $17.69 $36,790
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 22,580 20.60 $18.59 $38,660
Utility System Construction 95,490 19.82 $17.89 $37,200
Residential Building Construction 108,340 15.92 $16.02 $33,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $28.81 $59,920
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $25.67 $53,390
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 170 0.17 $24.80 $51,580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 250 (7) $24.47 $50,900
Automobile Dealers (8) (8) $23.76 $49,410


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 101,250 8.75 1.36 $14.07 $29,260
California 87,530 5.65 0.88 $20.24 $42,100
New York 58,700 6.53 1.01 $22.95 $47,730
Florida 51,270 6.47 1.01 $13.47 $28,030
Pennsylvania 35,730 6.26 0.97 $18.15 $37,740



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 6,350 14.18 2.20 $18.86 $39,230
New Mexico 10,000 12.52 1.95 $13.61 $28,320
West Virginia 8,560 12.11 1.88 $15.62 $32,490
Wyoming 3,280 11.56 1.80 $16.50 $34,310
Alaska 3,330 10.18 1.58 $22.48 $46,760



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 4,850 7.82 1.21 $25.10 $52,200
Illinois 32,560 5.56 0.86 $25.07 $52,140
Massachusetts 16,960 4.99 0.78 $25.06 $52,120
New Jersey 23,950 6.13 0.95 $23.77 $49,440
New York 58,700 6.53 1.01 $22.95 $47,730




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 38,090 5.88 0.91 $24.51 $50,980
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 31,960 10.91 1.69 $14.99 $31,190
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 17,320 4.85 0.75 $27.35 $56,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 15,730 6.75 1.05 $13.31 $27,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,270 3.72 0.58 $20.51 $42,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 14,100 7.51 1.17 $15.07 $31,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,740 5.68 0.88 $16.55 $34,430
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 11,670 9.15 1.42 $25.94 $53,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 11,390 8.69 1.35 $19.19 $39,910
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 11,070 8.06 1.25 $15.76 $32,790