Construction Laborers

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $13.09/hr
Median: $17.71/hr
Experienced: $23.37/hr

Current Employment
2,616 (2019)

Projected Employment
2,803 (2030)

Growth for Construction Laborers

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Construction Laborers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Residential Remodelers28410.9%20.7%
Commercial and Institutional Building Construction 21210.7%17.5%
All Other Specialty Trade Contractors2318.8%25.6%
Site Preparation Contractors 2288.7%25.6%
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors1234.7%3.9%

Occupational Skills

  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones
  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications