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Highest Paying Industries for Construction Laborers

The top 100 highest paying industries for construction laborers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $64,570, general medical and surgical hospitals - local government owned is the highest paying industry for construction laborers. It is followed by hospitals - local government owned industry (average annual salary $64,570). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of construction laborers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Construction Laborers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$64,570
70
2 Hospitals - Local government owned
$64,570
70
3 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$53,450
50
4 Automobile Dealers
$50,770
n/a
5 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$50,770
n/a
6 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$50,290
40
7 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$49,940
160
8 Natural Gas Distribution
$48,350
1,160
9 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$46,660
50
10 Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers
$45,590
250
11 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$45,110
230
12 Federal government, including USPS
$44,480
130
13 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$44,480
130
14 Metal Ore Mining
$44,200
720
15 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$44,000
170
16 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$43,960
250
17 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$43,820
630
18 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,520
230
19 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$43,230
150
20 Hospitals - Privately owned
$43,230
150
21 Rail Transportation
$42,640
80
22 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$41,890
230
23 Telecommunications
$40,670
240
24 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,340
1,230
25 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$40,140
230
26 Scientific Research and Development Services
$40,140
230
27 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$40,100
100
28 Utilities
$40,040
3,010
29 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$39,520
n/a
30 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$39,370
70
31 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$38,930
500
32 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$38,930
500
33 Information
$38,700
770
34 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$37,950
n/a
35 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$37,930
630
36 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$37,890
1,240
37 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$37,840
40
38 Coal Mining
$37,720
1,460
39 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$37,640
60
40 Other Support Services
$37,600
2,260
41 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$37,240
130
42 Machinery Manufacturing
$37,140
100
43 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$37,030
4,050
44 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$36,830
100
45 General Rental Centers
$36,690
330
46 Engineering Services
$36,550
2,420
47 Facilities Support Services
$36,420
760
48 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$35,980
450
49 Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,830
920
50 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$35,520
180
51 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$35,390
n/a
52 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$35,390
670
53 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$35,180
420
54 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$35,120
73,380
55 Pipeline Transportation
$35,030
80
56 Hospitals - State government owned
$34,960
30
57 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$34,940
1,350
58 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$34,770
620
59 Rental and Leasing Services
$34,670
1,730
60 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$34,590
310
61 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,560
2,980
62 Real Estate
$34,430
1,250
63 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,350
5,440
64 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$34,350
5,730
65 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$34,310
130
66 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$34,220
7,530
67 Activities Related to Real Estate
$34,180
420
68 Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$34,160
120
69 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$34,130
1,870
70 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$34,000
34,340
71 Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$33,940
60
72 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$33,910
35,370
73 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$33,710
36,970
74 Federal, State, and Local Government
$33,710
36,970
75 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$33,690
3,750
76 Repair and Maintenance
$33,660
640
77 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$33,620
38,660
78 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$33,590
9,090
79 Finance and Insurance
$33,560
30
80 Nonresidential Building Construction
$33,430
104,730
81 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$33,400
710
82 Specialized Freight Trucking
$33,340
150
83 Services to Buildings and Dwellings
$33,260
7,560
84 Social Assistance
$33,090
650
85 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$33,040
192,970
86 Landscaping Services
$33,020
4,530
87 Junior colleges - State government owned
$32,970
40
88 Educational Services - Privately owned
$32,900
140
89 Oil and Gas Extraction
$32,800
190
90 Waste Collection
$32,690
780
91 Educational Services - State government owned
$32,640
620
92 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$32,590
580
93 Lessors of Real Estate
$32,560
580
94 Wholesale Trade
$32,550
1,390
95 Direct Selling Establishments
$32,330
290
96 Nonstore Retailers
$32,330
290
97 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$32,240
24,300
98 Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$32,230
490
99 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$32,080
1,110
100 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$32,080
5,580
See also: Highest paying cities for construction laborers.