The average salary for a construction worker in the United States is around $34,041 per year.
This is 46% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Construction workers earn an average yearly salary of $34,041. Wages typically start from $22,307 and go up to $51,947.
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?
|Maintenance worker salary||$38K|
|Construction painter salary||$38K|
|Construction worker salary||$34K|
|Stone cutter salary||$33K|
|Fork lift operator salary||$33K|
|Furniture finisher salary||$32K|
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)