Construction worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Construction worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Hawaii $59,220
New Jersey $47,180
Massachusetts $49,030
Minnesota $49,160
New York $44,460
Connecticut $48,050
California $43,930
Washington $44,580
Missouri $42,590
Rhode Island $44,210
Illinois $35,003
Ohio $39,970
Wisconsin $40,960
District of Columbia $38,870
North Dakota $40,560
Oregon $38,010
Arizona $31,301
Michigan $37,530
New Hampshire $36,650
Indiana $36,410
Pennsylvania $31,800
Iowa $36,340
Montana $36,660
Nevada $34,520
Colorado $35,470
West Virginia $32,900
Wyoming $35,640
Kentucky $33,610
Vermont $35,130
Delaware $34,960
Kansas $33,110
Virgin Islands $32,980
Louisiana $33,420
Nebraska $33,460
Maryland $33,590
Utah $32,790
Georgia $30,730
Maine $32,090
Idaho $30,970
Texas $31,180
New Mexico $30,770
Alabama $30,190
Virginia $30,890
Tennessee $30,650
Florida $30,060
Oklahoma $30,480
South Carolina $29,320
South Dakota $29,740
Mississippi $28,720
North Carolina $29,730
Arkansas $27,970
Guam $21,720
Puerto Rico $18,140

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 6% less than similar careers in North Carolina. On average, they make less than pipelayers.

Career Median Salary
Pipelayer salary $33K
Fork lift operator salary $33K
Construction painter salary $33K
Furniture finisher salary $30K
Cabinetmaker salary $29K
Construction worker salary $30K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)