The average salary for a construction worker in the United States is around $28,121 per year.
This is 51% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Construction workers earn an average yearly salary of $28,121. Wages typically start from $24,111 and go up to $42,517.
Construction worker earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Construction worker salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$38,870|
How much does a Construction Worker earn?
A few things may affect a construction worker's salary. Though construction workers typically work full time, they may have to stop during bad weather because they commonly work outdoors. In four-season climates, they may only be able to work from spring to fall. They may also need overtime schedules to meet deadlines.
A construction worker's salary also depends on their job title. Those working as general construction workers made an average salary of $35,750 in 2014, which is less than what those who specialize in a specific trade take home. According to US News, "carpenters earned about $10,000 more than a general construction worker in 2014 at $45,590, and structural iron and steel workers earned about $17,000 more at $53,140. Workers in this sector who handle the logistics of a project also make more: Cost estimators brought home an average of $64,340 in 2014 and construction managers earned an average of $94,590."
The metropolitan areas that best pay their construction workers are Chicago; Honolulu; and New York City.
How do construction worker salaries compare to similar careers?
Construction workers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than furniture finishers.
|Furniture finisher salary||$32K|
|Drywall and ceiling tile installer salary||$30K|
|Fork lift operator salary||$29K|
|Construction painter salary||$29K|
|Construction worker salary||$28K|
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)