Construction worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Construction worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New York $51,720
Minnesota $52,150
Illinois $45,957
Hawaii $49,871
New Jersey $47,180
Alaska $50,683
Massachusetts $49,030
Connecticut $45,826
Washington $44,580
Missouri $42,590
Rhode Island $44,210
California $42,521
Pennsylvania $41,260
Ohio $39,970
Wisconsin $40,960
District of Columbia $38,870
Indiana $38,380
North Dakota $40,560
Oregon $38,010
Michigan $37,530
Iowa $37,402
New Hampshire $36,650
Colorado $35,470
Kentucky $34,690
Kansas $35,221
Montana $36,660
Nevada $34,520
West Virginia $32,900
Georgia $33,600
Wyoming $35,640
Vermont $35,130
Nebraska $34,660
Delaware $34,960
Virgin Islands $32,980
Louisiana $33,420
Maryland $33,590
Texas $32,630
Idaho $31,959
Maine $32,950
Utah $32,790
New Mexico $30,770
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
Arizona $28,908
Alabama $28,710
Arkansas $27,602
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 about the same as related careers in Texas. On average, they make less than drywall and ceiling tile installers but more than cabinetmakers.

Career Median Salary
Drywall and ceiling tile installer salary $37K
Cement mason salary $36K
Construction painter salary $35K
Roofer salary $35K
Pipelayer salary $32K
Construction worker salary $33K
Fork lift operator salary $32K
Stone cutter salary $32K
Tile and marble setter salary $32K
Cabinetmaker salary $30K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)