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Construction Laborers Salary Information

The salary statistics of construction laborers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of construction laborers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The construction laborers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Construction Laborers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,510
25th Percentile Wage
$26,550
50th Percentile Wage
$33,430
75th Percentile Wage
$45,080
90th Percentile Wage
$62,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for construction laborers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) construction laborers is $62,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $33,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,510. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201633,4304.55%10.29%
201531,9102.57%-
201431,0902.03%-
201330,4601.54%-
201229,990--

Table 2. Construction Laborers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of construction laborers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for construction laborers occupations is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $40,210. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $27,690).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$40,210
Information
$39,800
Utilities
$38,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,070
Wholesale Trade
$35,540
Educational Services
$34,200
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,970
Construction
$33,820
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,770
Finance and Insurance
$33,560
Mining
$33,310
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,080
Manufacturing
$32,200
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$31,940
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,810
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,420
Retail Trade
$30,660
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$28,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$28,260
Accommodation and Food Services
$27,690

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Construction Laborers by States

From the above tables we note that not only construction laborers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of construction laborers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,020 to $58,350. The highest paying state for construction laborers is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $58,350. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,020. For more salary information of construction laborers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$58,350
Illinois
$55,490
Massachusetts
$50,140
Alaska
$49,930
New Jersey
$45,750
Minnesota
$43,570
Connecticut
$43,150
Washington
$40,690
New York
$40,160
California
$39,320
Wisconsin
$38,890
Rhode Island
$38,850
Missouri
$38,380
North Dakota
$38,010
District of Columbia
$37,420
Ohio
$37,200
Indiana
$36,960
Montana
$35,970
Michigan
$35,710
Pennsylvania
$35,680
Nevada
$35,670
New Hampshire
$35,060
Delaware
$34,460
Oregon
$34,290
Wyoming
$34,060
Iowa
$33,950
Colorado
$33,830
Maryland
$32,590
Arizona
$31,590
Kansas
$31,380
Kentucky
$31,220
Vermont
$31,100
West Virginia
$30,730
Maine
$30,180
Utah
$29,750
Virgin Islands
$29,400
Louisiana
$29,360
Georgia
$29,310
Nebraska
$29,170
New Mexico
$29,110
Idaho
$28,950
Texas
$28,790
Virginia
$28,760
Tennessee
$28,730
Oklahoma
$28,670
South Dakota
$28,310
South Carolina
$28,010
Florida
$27,840
Mississippi
$27,410
North Carolina
$27,400
Alabama
$27,270
Arkansas
$24,220
Guam
$21,680
Puerto Rico
$18,020


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