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2020 Construction Laborers Salary Guide

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 Salary

Salary

$36.9K

Growth

11%

Bright Outlook

Bright

Green

Yes

What Do Construction Laborers Do?

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.

Also known as:

Laborer, Post Framer, Curb and Gutter Laborer, Skill Labor, Drain Layer, Union Laborer, Drop Crew Laborer, Helper, Construction Worker, Construction Laborer

How Much Do Construction Laborers Make ? 2020

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

How Much Do Construction Laborers Make ? 2020

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

What Tasks Do Construction Laborers Perform? 2020

  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment.
  • Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
  • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.
  • Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
  • Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
  • Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes.
  • Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces, such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.
  • Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls.
  • Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
  • Spray materials, such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco, through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.
  • Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.
  • Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
  • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
  • Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.
  • Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement.
  • Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
  • Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
  • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.
  • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
  • Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
  • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.

What Activities Do Construction Laborers Do? 2020

  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Clean work sites.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Test air quality at work sites.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Position structural components.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Position construction forms or molds.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Finish concrete surfaces.
  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
  • Prepare explosives for detonation.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.

Typical Construction Laborers Knowledge? 2020

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

What Are Typical Construction Laborers Abilities? 2020

  • Manual Dexterity - Holding or moving items with your hands.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - Keeping your arm or hand steady.
  • Multilimb Coordination - Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.
  • Static Strength - Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Control Precision - Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

What Are Typical Construction Laborers Skills? 2020

What Are Typical Construction Laborers Interests? 2020

  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

What Is The Projected Employment For Construction Laborers ? 2020

Location 2018 Employment 2028 Employment Percent change Annual projected job openings
United States 1,405,000 1,553,100 11% 179,300

What Is The Projected Employment For Construction Laborers ? 2020

Location
2018 Employment
2028 Employment
Percent change
Annual projected job openings
United States
1,405,000
1,553,100
11%
179,300

What Is The Required Construction Laborers Education & Experience? 2020

  • No formal educational credential
  • No work experience
  • Less than 1 month on-the-job training

Construction Laborers Job Openings. 2020

Job Title Company Location Date Posted Federal Contractor
Asphalt Plant Laborer Hall Contracting Of Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky 09/30/2020 No
Assembler Nelson-Young Lumber Edgerton, Wisconsin 09/29/2020 No
Building Maintenance/ Handyman Transitional Care Management Frankfort, Illinois 09/29/2020 No
Carpenter Laborer Tradesmen International, Inc. Salem, Oregon 09/29/2020 No
COM Laborer/Groundman_SEF MasTec Utility Services Bristow, Virginia 09/30/2020 No
Comercial Construction Laborer (5561) Brasfield .and. Gorrie LLC Huntsville, Alabama 09/29/2020 No
Commercial Installer (Stone Countertops) VALLEY VIEW GRANITE SALT LAKE CITY, Utah 09/29/2020 No
Concrete Tradesmen International, Inc. DELPHOS, Ohio 09/29/2020 No
Concrete Tradesmen International, Inc. COLUMBIA CITY, Indiana 09/29/2020 No
concrete finisher Aerotek Wichita, Kansas 09/30/2020 Yes

Construction Laborers Job Openings. 2020

Job Title
Company
Location
Date Posted
Federal Contractor
Hall Contracting Of Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
09/30/2020
No
Nelson-Young Lumber
Edgerton, Wisconsin
09/29/2020
No
Transitional Care Management
Frankfort, Illinois
09/29/2020
No
Tradesmen International, Inc.
Salem, Oregon
09/29/2020
No
MasTec Utility Services
Bristow, Virginia
09/30/2020
No
Brasfield .and. Gorrie LLC
Huntsville, Alabama
09/29/2020
No
VALLEY VIEW GRANITE
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah
09/29/2020
No
Tradesmen International, Inc.
DELPHOS, Ohio
09/29/2020
No
Tradesmen International, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY, Indiana
09/29/2020
No
Aerotek
Wichita, Kansas
09/30/2020
Yes

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