How Much do Construction Laborers Make?

Do construction laborers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for construction laborers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction laborers in the United States earn an average of $41,730 a year, equivalent to $20.06 an hour. Construction laborers make 22% less than the average American worker.

Construction laborers in Illinois are the best paid, making $60,500 a year, while construction laborers in Arkansas make the least at $29,980.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Construction Laborer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $32.65 $67,910
75th $23.63 $49,160
50th $17.72 $36,860
25th $14.28 $29,700
10th $11.96 $24,880
Construction Laborer Wages by State

In what states do construction laborers make the most? In what states do construction laborers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $15.83 $32,920
Alaska $25.44 $52,920
Arizona $17.96 $37,350
Arkansas $14.41 $29,980
California $23.89 $49,680
Colorado $18.09 $37,630
Connecticut $24.75 $51,470
Delaware $17.96 $37,360
Florida $15.82 $32,910
Georgia $15.84 $32,950
Hawaii $28.44 $59,160
Idaho $16.34 $33,990
Illinois $29.09 $60,500
Indiana $19.48 $40,530
Iowa $18.48 $38,430
Kansas $17.28 $35,940
Kentucky $18.36 $38,190
Louisiana $17.14 $35,660
Maine $16.65 $34,630
Maryland $17.24 $35,870
Massachusetts $26.70 $55,540
Michigan $19.58 $40,720
Minnesota $24.63 $51,220
Mississippi $14.95 $31,100
Missouri $23.43 $48,740
Montana $19.06 $39,640
Nebraska $17.47 $36,330
Nevada $18.18 $37,810
New Hampshire $19.62 $40,820
New Jersey $27.28 $56,750
New Mexico $15.93 $33,130
New York $25.97 $54,020
North Carolina $15.00 $31,190
North Dakota $19.98 $41,560
Ohio $22.21 $46,190
Oklahoma $15.63 $32,520
Oregon $20.94 $43,550
Pennsylvania $20.94 $43,550
Rhode Island $24.50 $50,960
South Carolina $16.18 $33,650
South Dakota $15.39 $32,010
Tennessee $16.13 $33,550
Texas $16.32 $33,940
Utah $17.72 $36,860
Vermont $18.20 $37,850
Virginia $15.68 $32,600
Washington $23.98 $49,880
West Virginia $17.13 $35,640
Wisconsin $21.37 $44,460
Wyoming $17.91 $37,260
Metro Areas Where Construction Laborers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Trenton, NJ $32.85 $68,320
Chicago, IL $31.19 $64,870
Atlantic City, NJ $30.89 $64,240
Honolulu, HI $28.79 $59,890
Kahului, HI $28.78 $59,870
New York, NY $27.79 $57,800
Minneapolis, MN $27.45 $57,100
Springfield, MA $27.42 $57,040
Boston, MA $27.30 $56,790
Bridgeport, CT $27.21 $56,600
Construction Laborer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $20.06 $41,730
2018 $19.40 $40,350
2017 $18.70 $38,890
2016 $18.22 $37,890
2015 $17.57 $36,550
2014 $17.19 $35,750
2013 $16.84 $35,020
2012 $16.58 $34,490
2011 $16.43 $34,170