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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 among California metropolitan 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,850
25th Percentile Wage
$32,920
50th Percentile Wage
$41,190
75th Percentile Wage
$58,900
90th Percentile Wage
$74,400

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 $74,400. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,850.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of construction laborers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$41,190
4.54% 3.93%
2016
$39,320
3.94% -
2015
$37,770
0.34% -
2014
$37,640
-4.12% -
2013
$39,190
-0.97% -
2012
$39,570
- -

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 $31,310 to $56,020. The highest paying area for construction laborers in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $56,020. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $53,900). The lowest paying area is Hanford-Corcoran with a median annual salary of $31,310.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$56,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$53,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$51,120
Stockton
$51,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$50,510
Vallejo-Fairfield
$48,320
Napa
$48,100
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$44,410
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$44,370
Yuba City
$44,290
Salinas
$43,690
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$43,410
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$42,850
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$41,030
Madera-Chowchilla
$40,840
Modesto
$40,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$40,490
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$39,350
Fresno
$38,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$38,660
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$38,590
Redding
$38,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$38,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$37,730
El Centro
$37,550
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$37,540
Chico
$37,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$36,460
Merced
$35,730
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$35,630
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$35,100
Bakersfield-Delano
$34,110
Visalia-Porterville
$33,040
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$32,610
Hanford-Corcoran
$31,310




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