Construction worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Construction worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Minnesota $44,542
Michigan $36,065
Georgia $33,854
New York $37,216
Illinois $33,011
Ohio $31,106
Massachusetts $33,280
Washington $34,163
Pennsylvania $31,046
Arizona $32,403
New Jersey $38,000
Utah $27,884
Florida $28,705
North Carolina $28,404
Texas $28,188
California $29,753
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 about the same as related careers in Idaho. On average, they make less than stone cutters but more than furniture finishers.

Career Median Salary
Stone cutter salary $35K
Fork lift operator salary $33K
Construction painter salary $31K
Cabinetmaker salary $33K
Plasterer salary $31K
Construction worker salary $29K
Furniture finisher salary $27K