Construction worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Construction worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Minnesota $44,881
Michigan $36,004
Illinois $33,107
New York $36,977
Georgia $33,578
Ohio $31,040
Massachusetts $33,280
Washington $34,131
Pennsylvania $30,983
New Jersey $38,000
Arizona $32,385
Florida $28,617
Utah $27,728
North Carolina $28,338
Texas $28,041
California $29,723
South Carolina $27,040
Colorado $27,040
Indiana $27,000
Tennessee $28,520
Oregon $27,000

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 39% less than similar careers in California. On average, they make less than plumbers.

Career Median Salary
Plumber salary $47K
Electrician salary $42K
Architect salary $49K
Construction painter salary $37K
Carpenter salary $37K
Construction worker salary $30K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)