Construction worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Construction worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Minnesota $42,733
Michigan $35,522
Illinois $32,363
New York $36,630
Colorado $36,284
Georgia $32,895
Massachusetts $33,280
Ohio $30,254
New Jersey $38,000
Pennsylvania $30,700
Washington $34,117
Oregon $30,594
Arizona $31,147
Florida $28,254
Utah $27,212
North Carolina $27,911
Texas $27,433
California $29,132
South Carolina $27,040
Indiana $27,000
Tennessee $28,520

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 New Jersey.

Career Median Salary
Construction worker salary $38K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)