|Quick Facts: Construction Laborers and Helpers|
$37,520 per year
$18.04 per hour
|See How to Become One|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|4% (As fast as average)|
What Construction Laborers and Helpers Do
Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.
Most construction laborers and helpers typically work full time and do physically demanding work. Some work at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions. Construction laborers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations.
How to Become a Construction Laborer or Helper
Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training. Formal education is not typically required.
The median annual wage for construction laborers and helpers was $37,520 in May 2021.
Overall employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 168,500 openings for construction laborers and helpers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
State & Area Data
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More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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