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Construction Laborers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for construction laborers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of construction laborers amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Construction Laborers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,290
25th Percentile Wage
$31,210
50th Percentile Wage
$39,320
75th Percentile Wage
$55,560
90th Percentile Wage
$70,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction laborers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $70,150. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $39,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,290.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.16
25th Percentile Wage
$15.01
50th Percentile Wage
$18.89
75th Percentile Wage
$26.71
90th Percentile Wage
$33.72

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for construction laborers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $33.72. The median hourly salary is $18.89. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.16.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of construction laborers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201639,3203.94%-0.64%
201537,7700.34%-
201437,640-4.12%-
201339,190-0.97%-
201239,570--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Construction Laborers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of construction laborers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of construction laborers in state of California ranges from $30,150 to $53,350. The highest paying area for construction laborers in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $53,350. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $52,280). The lowest paying area is Yuba City with a median annual salary of $30,150.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$53,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$52,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$51,810
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$50,540
Napa
$48,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$46,710
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$40,920
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$40,800
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$40,370
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$40,080
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$39,590
Madera-Chowchilla
$39,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$38,880
Vallejo-Fairfield
$38,510
Chico
$38,490
Salinas
$38,420
Modesto
$38,400
El Centro
$38,310
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$38,240
Stockton
$38,060
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$37,530
Redding
$37,350
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$37,320
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$36,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$36,460
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$36,170
Fresno
$35,690
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$35,100
Merced
$34,710
Visalia-Porterville
$34,570
Bakersfield-Delano
$33,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$32,610
Hanford-Corcoran
$31,230
Yuba City
$30,150


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