Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-2061 Construction Laborers

Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition 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, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Exclude construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker, and classify them under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3011 through 47-3016).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
837,650 1.1 % $13.64 $28,380 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.50 $9.32 $11.86 $16.77 $23.21
Annual Wage (2) $15,610 $19,390 $24,670 $34,870 $48,280

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other specialty trade contractors 119,300 $13.99 $29,090 1 31
Building foundation and exterior contractors 112,770 $13.51 $28,090 2 41
Nonresidential building construction 110,190 $14.41 $29,980 3 25
Residential building construction 91,100 $13.27 $27,610 4 43
Highway, street, and bridge construction 86,800 $15.64 $32,540 5 16

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Professional and similar organizations 140 $22.84 $47,510 51 1
General rental centers 110 $21.01 $43,710 53 2
Waste collection 430 $18.97 $39,470 33 3
Offices of real estate agents and brokers 210 $18.96 $39,450 46 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 330 $18.88 $39,280 37 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 2,860 $10.63 $22,110 1.187% 376
New Mexico 7,290 $10.16 $21,130 0.993% 482
Texas 86,760 $9.83 $20,440 0.943% 655
Nevada 9,890 $13.84 $28,780 0.928% 421
Alaska 2,670 $20.07 $41,750 0.914% 242

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 2,670 $20.07 $41,750 0.914% 242
Massachusetts 17,820 $19.87 $41,330 0.561% 320
New Jersey 15,510 $18.81 $39,120 0.401% 367
New York 42,980 $18.64 $38,760 0.520% 378
Illinois 38,560 $18.40 $38,280 0.669% 339

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tuscaloosa, AL MSA 1,600 $9.04 $18,810 2.130%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA 3,600 $7.78 $16,190 2.035%
Alexandria, LA MSA 740 $10.43 $21,700 1.361%
Naples, FL MSA 1,540 $11.28 $23,470 1.359%
Merced, CA MSA 800 $10.56 $21,970 1.353%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 220 $24.33 $50,610 0.420%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 480 $23.18 $48,210 0.199%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 2,110 $22.17 $46,120 0.338%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 8,320 $21.55 $44,830 0.696%
Oakland, CA PMSA 11,270 $21.43 $44,580 1.108%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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