Occupation Snapshot | Construction laborers, 2015-2019 | January 2021
Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.
As of May 2019, there were 1,020,350 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage is $20.06 and the average annual wage is $41,730.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for this occupation, there were 19,790 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 231.
Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, construction laborers, private industry, 2019
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
Sprains, strains, tears
All other natures
Part of body affected
Source of injury or illness
Parts and materials
All other sources
Worker motion or position
Floors, walkways, ground surfaces
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Struck by object or equipment
Fall to lower level
Fall on same level
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Caught in or compressed by object or equipment
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 293 for construction laborers during 2019, compared to 259 during 2018.
Table 2. Fatal occupational injuries by event or exposure, construction laborers, all United States, 2015-2019
|Event or exposure||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019|
Total fatal injuries (number)
Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
Fires and explosions
Falls, slips, trips
Exposure to harmful substances or environments
Contact with objects and equipment
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program.
Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: January 22, 2021