Construction worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Construction worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Hawaii $59,220
New Jersey $47,180
Massachusetts $49,030
Minnesota $49,160
New York $44,460
Connecticut $48,050
California $43,930
Washington $44,580
Missouri $42,590
Rhode Island $44,210
Illinois $35,003
Ohio $39,970
Wisconsin $40,960
District of Columbia $38,870
North Dakota $40,560
Oregon $38,010
Arizona $31,301
Michigan $37,530
New Hampshire $36,650
Indiana $36,410
Pennsylvania $31,800
Iowa $36,340
Montana $36,660
Nevada $34,520
Colorado $35,470
West Virginia $32,900
Wyoming $35,640
Kentucky $33,610
Vermont $35,130
Delaware $34,960
Kansas $33,110
Virgin Islands $32,980
Louisiana $33,420
Nebraska $33,460
Maryland $33,590
Utah $32,790
Georgia $30,730
Maine $32,090
Idaho $30,970
Texas $31,180
New Mexico $30,770
Alabama $30,190
Virginia $30,890
Tennessee $30,650
Florida $30,060
Oklahoma $30,480
South Carolina $29,320
South Dakota $29,740
Mississippi $28,720
North Carolina $29,730
Arkansas $27,970
Guam $21,720
Puerto Rico $18,140

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.

Career Median Salary
Furniture finisher salary $32K
Carpenter 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)