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Construction workers perform the important task of building our infrastructure. So their median salary – one that’s slightly less than $30,000 – may seem surprising. In 2012, the highest paid in the profession earned $58,380 per year and the lowest paid earned less than $20,000. The average salary for construction workers in 2012 was $34,490. Construction laborer jobs in New England tend to pay the best – the top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include New York City, Framingham, Mass., and Boston – but if tropical weather is more your speed, construction workers in Honolulu made an average salary of $52,320 in 2012.

Job Salary Year
2004 $29,640.00
2006 $30,530.00
2008 $32,990.00
2010 $34,040.00
2012 $34,490.00

Average Construction Worker Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

Those working in general construction labor normally make less than those who specialize in a specific trade. For example, the Department of Labor reports that carpenters earned about $10,000 more than a general construction worker in 2012. Structural iron and steel workers earned about $16,000 more than a general construction worker that same year. Those in this sector who handle the logistics of a project – the cost estimator and construction manager, namely – made $63,080 and $90,960 on average, respectively, compared with a general laborer's take-home pay.

Job Name Salary
Construction Manager $82,790.00
Cost Estimator $58,860.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Carpenter $39,940.00
Construction Worker $29,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Construction Workers

The highest paid in the construction worker profession work in the metropolitan areas of New York City, Framingham, Mass., and Boston. The Honolulu area also pays well, as does the city of Brockton, Mass.

New York City

Average Salary: $56,950 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction worker working in New York City is $56,950, which is $26,960 more than the average pay in the profession.

Framingham, Mass.

Average Salary: $54,130 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction worker working in Framingham, Mass. is $54,130, which is $24,140 more than the average pay in the profession.

Boston

Average Salary: $52,530 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction worker working in Boston is $52,530, which is $22,540 more than the average pay in the profession.

Honolulu

Average Salary: $52,320 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction worker working in Honolulu is $52,320, which is $22,330 more than the average pay in the profession.

Brockton, Mass.

Average Salary: $51,720 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction worker working in Brockton, Mass. is $51,720, which is $21,730 more than the average pay in the profession.

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