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 about the same as related careers in New York. On average, they make less than construction managers but more than carpenters.

Career Median Salary
Construction manager salary $64K
Construction worker salary $37K
Architect salary $46K
Carpenter salary $35K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)