Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
892,940 1.1 % $13.91 $28,920 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.80 $9.51 $12.14 $16.90 $23.65
Annual Wage (2) $16,210 $19,770 $25,250 $35,150 $49,190

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other specialty trade contractors 136,410 $14.08 $29,290
Building foundation and exterior contractors 120,770 $13.88 $28,880
Residential building construction 109,870 $13.29 $27,650
Nonresidential building construction 104,360 $14.84 $30,870
Highway, street, and bridge construction 89,400 $15.78 $32,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Professional and similar organizations 180 $24.65 $51,270
General rental centers (7) $19.52 $40,610
Rail transportation 250 $19.44 $40,440
Junior colleges 190 $19.27 $40,080
Waste collection 820 $19.14 $39,810

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
Alaska 3,260 $19.62 $40,800 1.102%
New Mexico 8,280 $10.56 $21,970 1.097%
Wyoming 2,660 $11.72 $24,370 1.078%
Idaho 6,030 $12.03 $25,020 1.032%
Texas 95,710 $9.79 $20,360 1.028%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Illinois 29,950 $21.47 $44,650 0.522%
Massachusetts 16,150 $19.97 $41,540 0.516%
Hawaii 4,940 $19.70 $40,970 0.861%
Alaska 3,260 $19.62 $40,800 1.102%
New Jersey 19,570 $19.46 $40,470 0.502%

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 1,410 $10.77 $22,410 1.788%
Greeley, CO PMSA 1,250 $12.87 $26,770 1.724%
Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA 710 $9.57 $19,920 1.564%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 2,950 $10.34 $21,500 1.473%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 560 $12.33 $25,640 1.430%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA 19,520 $23.08 $48,010 0.489%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 3,180 $22.56 $46,930 0.511%
New York, NY PMSA 16,520 $22.23 $46,250 0.412%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 2,470 $21.50 $44,730 0.389%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 9,420 $21.32 $44,350 0.494%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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