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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
1,020,350 0.7 % $20.06 $41,730 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.96 $14.28 $17.72 $23.63 $32.65
Annual Wage (2) $24,880 $29,700 $36,860 $49,160 $67,910


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 165,170 23.29 $19.94 $41,480
Residential Building Construction 132,230 16.33 $18.68 $38,860
Nonresidential Building Construction 123,150 14.76 $21.48 $44,670
Utility System Construction 121,990 21.37 $20.98 $43,630
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 119,370 12.75 $19.65 $40,880

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 87,960 24.99 $22.83 $47,480
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 165,170 23.29 $19.94 $41,480
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 27,840 22.65 $21.05 $43,790
Utility System Construction 121,990 21.37 $20.98 $43,630
Residential Building Construction 132,230 16.33 $18.68 $38,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 890 0.23 $28.37 $59,010
Rail Transportation 480 0.21 $27.65 $57,500
Death Care Services 70 0.05 $25.90 $53,880
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 200 (7) $25.88 $53,840
Telecommunications 710 0.10 $25.53 $53,110


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 112,370 9.04 1.30 $16.32 $33,940
California 101,900 5.86 0.84 $23.89 $49,680
Florida 73,030 8.30 1.20 $15.82 $32,910
New York 66,740 7.01 1.01 $25.97 $54,020
Pennsylvania 40,620 6.88 0.99 $20.94 $43,550




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 9,750 13.89 2.00 $17.13 $35,640
Wyoming 3,760 13.76 1.98 $17.91 $37,260
New Mexico 10,620 12.90 1.86 $15.93 $33,130
North Dakota 4,660 11.02 1.59 $19.98 $41,560
Idaho 7,510 10.33 1.49 $16.34 $33,990




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 34,010 5.64 0.81 $29.09 $60,500
Hawaii 5,020 7.90 1.14 $28.44 $59,160
New Jersey 24,460 5.98 0.86 $27.28 $56,750
Massachusetts 20,020 5.53 0.80 $26.70 $55,540
New York 66,740 7.01 1.01 $25.97 $54,020





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 66,210 6.86 0.99 $27.79 $57,800
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 32,540 10.66 1.53 $17.49 $36,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 29,910 4.79 0.69 $22.75 $47,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 28,090 7.68 1.11 $16.53 $34,390
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 26,460 5.66 0.81 $31.19 $64,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 18,580 6.77 0.97 $16.36 $34,030
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 17,610 8.71 1.25 $25.34 $52,710
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 17,390 6.58 0.95 $15.87 $33,010
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 16,830 7.93 1.14 $18.47 $38,420
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 16,640 5.23 0.75 $17.84 $37,110