Occupation Snapshot | Construction laborers, 2016-2020 | January 2022
Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.
As of May 2020, there were 971,330 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $20.67, and the average annual wage was $43,000.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for construction laborers, there were 16,590 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 207.1.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 308 for construction laborers during 2020, compared to 293 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) 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 program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022