Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
814,470 0.8 % $16.58 $34,490 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.15 $11.17 $14.42 $19.83 $28.07
Annual Wage (2) $19,040 $23,240 $29,990 $41,250 $58,380


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 124,320 22.93 $16.31 $33,920
Nonresidential Building Construction 100,490 15.34 $17.91 $37,240
Residential Building Construction 88,150 15.44 $15.65 $32,560
Utility System Construction 85,340 20.31 $17.02 $35,400
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 80,550 11.70 $15.62 $32,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 25,620 25.55 $18.32 $38,110
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 75,530 24.88 $18.71 $38,920
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 124,320 22.93 $16.31 $33,920
Utility System Construction 85,340 20.31 $17.02 $35,400
Residential Building Construction 88,150 15.44 $15.65 $32,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 130 0.04 $25.00 $52,000
Scientific Research and Development Services 190 0.03 $24.59 $51,150
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 110 0.04 $23.91 $49,720
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing 40 0.04 $22.86 $47,550
Natural Gas Distribution 1,780 1.66 $22.30 $46,390


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 107,020 10.12 1.62 $12.55 $26,110
California 85,000 5.94 0.95 $20.57 $42,790
New York 49,790 5.83 0.93 $23.73 $49,350
Illinois 42,030 7.45 1.19 $19.09 $39,710
Florida 41,080 5.65 0.90 $13.09 $27,220




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 8,210 11.55 1.85 $16.58 $34,490
New Mexico 8,780 11.34 1.81 $13.17 $27,400
Wyoming 3,120 11.24 1.80 $14.52 $30,210
North Dakota 4,380 10.85 1.74 $15.33 $31,880
Utah 12,770 10.63 1.70 $13.80 $28,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 3,100 5.26 0.84 $24.76 $51,500
New York 49,790 5.83 0.93 $23.73 $49,350
Massachusetts 15,880 4.96 0.79 $23.26 $48,380
New Jersey 17,600 4.64 0.74 $22.83 $47,480
Alaska 2,600 8.15 1.30 $21.89 $45,540





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 31,130 11.79 1.89 $13.01 $27,060
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 29,420 8.08 1.29 $18.78 $39,050
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 26,960 5.23 0.84 $27.38 $56,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 17,890 4.62 0.74 $20.26 $42,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 17,180 9.93 1.59 $14.12 $29,370
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 14,440 6.89 1.10 $12.48 $25,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 14,290 6.10 0.98 $15.66 $32,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 12,950 5.73 0.92 $15.17 $31,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,630 6.83 1.09 $19.74 $41,060
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 9,270 7.99 1.28 $20.48 $42,600