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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
1,001,470 0.7 % $19.40 $40,350 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.28 $13.71 $17.21 $23.03 $31.53
Annual Wage (2) $23,460 $28,520 $35,800 $47,910 $65,590


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 165,470 24.11 $19.24 $40,020
Residential Building Construction 125,610 16.13 $18.22 $37,910
Nonresidential Building Construction 123,660 15.30 $20.83 $43,330
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 118,340 12.96 $18.86 $39,220
Utility System Construction 113,090 21.30 $20.13 $41,880

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 88,340 25.75 $22.12 $46,010
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 165,470 24.11 $19.24 $40,020
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 27,050 22.97 $20.37 $42,360
Utility System Construction 113,090 21.30 $20.13 $41,880
Residential Building Construction 125,610 16.13 $18.22 $37,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 60 0.05 $33.61 $69,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 940 0.24 $25.76 $53,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 220 (7) $25.58 $53,210
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 510 0.07 $25.33 $52,690
Rail Transportation 610 0.26 $25.05 $52,110


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 111,250 9.18 1.33 $15.69 $32,630
California 104,150 6.12 0.89 $23.20 $48,250
Florida 68,430 7.95 1.15 $15.21 $31,630
New York 63,020 6.71 0.97 $24.87 $51,720
Pennsylvania 41,280 7.06 1.02 $19.84 $41,260




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)
West Virginia 9,080 13.03 1.88 $17.52 $36,450
New Mexico 9,370 11.55 1.67 $15.42 $32,070
Wyoming 3,110 11.54 1.67 $17.38 $36,160
North Dakota 4,610 11.07 1.60 $20.19 $42,000
Louisiana 20,710 10.82 1.56 $16.89 $35,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 33,270 5.55 0.80 $28.83 $59,960
Hawaii 5,110 7.97 1.15 $28.26 $58,770
New Jersey 23,900 5.90 0.85 $25.74 $53,540
Massachusetts 19,930 5.58 0.81 $25.38 $52,780
Minnesota 12,810 4.47 0.65 $25.07 $52,150





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 62,390 6.57 0.95 $26.42 $54,940
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 31,500 10.56 1.53 $16.54 $34,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 30,930 5.05 0.73 $22.44 $46,680
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 28,480 7.98 1.15 $15.92 $33,120
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 25,930 5.59 0.81 $30.23 $62,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 18,860 7.03 1.02 $17.18 $35,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 18,130 5.78 0.84 $17.36 $36,110
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 16,460 6.35 0.92 $15.35 $31,930
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 16,250 8.19 1.18 $24.57 $51,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 15,520 6.42 0.93 $26.12 $54,330