Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
962,060 0.7 % $18.70 $38,890 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.71 $13.18 $16.60 $22.24 $30.48
Annual Wage (2) $22,280 $27,410 $34,530 $46,260 $63,400


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 161,210 24.51 $18.51 $38,500
Residential Building Construction 120,100 16.25 $17.61 $36,620
Nonresidential Building Construction 115,600 14.80 $20.08 $41,770
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 112,710 12.82 $18.19 $37,830
Utility System Construction 104,700 20.58 $19.43 $40,420

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 84,800 25.14 $21.20 $44,100
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 161,210 24.51 $18.51 $38,500
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 23,380 21.03 $20.07 $41,740
Utility System Construction 104,700 20.58 $19.43 $40,420
Residential Building Construction 120,100 16.25 $17.61 $36,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 280 0.01 $25.15 $52,320
Motion Picture and Video Industries 320 0.07 $25.07 $52,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 750 0.19 $24.55 $51,060
Rail Transportation 600 0.25 $23.88 $49,660
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 330 0.10 $23.65 $49,190


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 108,260 9.10 1.35 $15.02 $31,240
California 96,480 5.78 0.86 $22.46 $46,720
Florida 65,850 7.82 1.16 $14.40 $29,960
New York 60,780 6.60 0.98 $23.77 $49,440
Pennsylvania 41,150 7.12 1.05 $18.84 $39,180




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 4,960 11.89 1.76 $19.56 $40,680
West Virginia 7,410 10.77 1.60 $16.97 $35,290
New Mexico 8,630 10.77 1.60 $14.89 $30,960
Wyoming 2,860 10.67 1.58 $17.29 $35,970
Montana 4,850 10.52 1.56 $17.99 $37,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 31,270 5.28 0.78 $27.55 $57,310
Hawaii 5,410 8.55 1.27 $27.04 $56,240
Massachusetts 19,560 5.54 0.82 $25.59 $53,230
New Jersey 23,440 5.85 0.87 $25.11 $52,220
Alaska 2,390 7.51 1.11 $24.25 $50,450



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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 37,350 5.58 0.83 $26.00 $54,080
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 31,790 10.85 1.61 $15.84 $32,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,930 7.61 1.13 $17.24 $35,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 19,310 7.75 1.15 $14.95 $31,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,990 3.83 0.57 $22.22 $46,220
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 16,710 4.56 0.68 $30.41 $63,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 14,850 5.89 0.87 $17.44 $36,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 13,520 6.83 1.01 $16.39 $34,100
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 12,690 9.74 1.44 $23.47 $48,820
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 12,350 8.61 1.28 $21.29 $44,290