Training Requirements for Construction Laborers

Construction laborers need no formal educational credential and short-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Construction laborers
Percent
Less than High School 33.2
High School 40.7
Some College 16.5
Associates Degree 4.2
Bachelors Degree 4.6
Masters Degree 0.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 0.1

Employment Outlook for Construction Laborers

This represents about 1,159,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 147,000 more construction laborers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 378,000 more.

Typical Income for Construction Laborers

Hourly Income

On average,construction laborers make $18.22 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Construction laborers $10.34 $12.76 $16.07 $21.67 $30.09
Construction and extraction occupations $12.44 $15.68 $20.96 $29.17 $38.85
Construction trades workers $12.42 $15.53 $20.34 $28.31 $37.86
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, construction laborers make $37,890 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Construction laborers $21,510 $26,550 $33,430 $45,080 $62,600
Construction and extraction occupations $25,880 $32,610 $43,610 $60,670 $80,820
Construction trades workers $25,840 $32,290 $42,310 $58,890 $78,750
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Construction Laborers: What Is This Career Like?

Being a contractor includes bidding jobs, negotiating contracts, budgeting, scheduling, ordering supplies, reading blues prints, laying out plans, managing subs., and hopefully completing projects on time. If all that sounds stressful that is because it is. If one little thing goes wrong it all trickles down, delaying the project. One box of screws can grind everything to a halt so you have to be very organized or you have 5 guys standing around costing you $100.00 an hour. If you have strong communication skills and can delegate the work that needs to be done this career may be good for you. It does challenge you and change every day. You will often be outside or driving around which if you ask me beats the heck out of sitting in a cubical.

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