Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
852,870 0.8 % $17.19 $35,750 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.72 $11.89 $14.95 $20.30 $28.80
Annual Wage (2) $20,230 $24,740 $31,090 $42,230 $59,900


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 138,290 23.48 $17.30 $35,990
Nonresidential Building Construction 104,730 15.17 $18.30 $38,060
Residential Building Construction 101,290 15.79 $15.80 $32,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 94,110 12.48 $16.63 $34,580
Utility System Construction 92,180 19.78 $17.54 $36,480

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 73,380 24.00 $19.67 $40,910
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 138,290 23.48 $17.30 $35,990
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 24,300 23.26 $18.05 $37,550
Utility System Construction 92,180 19.78 $17.54 $36,480
Residential Building Construction 101,290 15.79 $15.80 $32,850

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 40 0.04 $26.32 $54,750
Automobile Dealers (8) (8) $25.24 $52,510
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.01 $24.24 $50,410
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 630 0.16 $23.75 $49,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 230 (7) $23.27 $48,400


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 104,910 9.34 1.48 $13.59 $28,270
California 87,620 5.80 0.92 $20.08 $41,760
New York 53,450 6.07 0.96 $23.04 $47,920
Florida 45,900 5.99 0.95 $13.27 $27,610
Pennsylvania 33,590 5.94 0.94 $17.88 $37,190



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 6,220 14.13 2.24 $18.07 $37,580
New Mexico 10,100 12.81 2.03 $13.45 $27,970
West Virginia 8,600 12.15 1.93 $15.20 $31,620
Wyoming 3,230 11.41 1.81 $15.88 $33,020
Alaska 3,420 10.52 1.67 $21.52 $44,770



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 32,440 5.63 0.89 $24.82 $51,630
Hawaii 4,220 6.88 1.09 $24.33 $50,610
Massachusetts 17,210 5.18 0.82 $23.59 $49,070
New Jersey 20,350 5.26 0.83 $23.24 $48,340
New York 53,450 6.07 0.96 $23.04 $47,920




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 33,380 11.74 1.86 $14.46 $30,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 28,380 5.27 0.83 $25.40 $52,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 19,600 5.22 0.83 $27.46 $57,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 18,030 4.45 0.70 $20.30 $42,220
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 17,930 7.51 1.19 $13.38 $27,840
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 15,470 6.91 1.10 $12.92 $26,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 15,010 8.22 1.30 $14.76 $30,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 13,460 5.66 0.90 $16.07 $33,420
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 10,760 8.61 1.36 $20.01 $41,620
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 10,510 7.93 1.26 $15.80 $32,870