Construction Laborers
SOC: 47-2061.00

Description:

Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments. May clean and prepare sites, dig trenches, set braces to support the sides of excavations, erect scaffolding, and clean up rubble, debris and other waste materials. May assist other craft workers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
1,159,100 employed

Projected (2024):
1,306,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Adz Worker
  • Air Breaker Operator
  • Air Drill Operator
  • Air Gun Operator
  • Air Hammer Operator
  • Air Tool Operator
  • Aluminum Pool Installer
  • Asbestos Removal Worker
  • Asphalt Distributor Tender
  • Asphalt Heater Tender
  • Asphalt Layer
  • Asphalt Patcher
  • Asphalt Paver
  • Asphalt Raker
  • Asphalt Smoother
  • Asphalt Spreader
  • Asphalt Tamper
  • Asphalt Worker
  • Auxiliary Equipment Tender
  • Awning Hanger
  • Awning Maker and Installer
  • Axman
  • Batch Dumper
  • Beller
  • Bellman
  • Belter
  • Beltman
  • Biofuels Plant Construction Worker
  • Black Top Raker
  • Black Topper
  • Bottom Man
  • Bottom Worker
  • Breast Worker
  • Bridge Builder
  • Broom Man
  • Broom Worker
  • Brush Cutter
  • Building Cleaner
  • Bull Float Finisher
  • Burlap Man
  • Burlap Worker
  • Caisson Worker
  • Cement Based Materials Pump Tender
  • Cement Breaker
  • Cement Cutter
  • Cement Mixer
  • Chuck Tender
  • Cinder Crew Worker
  • Circular Saw Operator
  • Cleaner
  • Column Precaster
  • Concrete Building Assembler
  • Concrete Buster Operator
  • Concrete Curer
  • Concrete Handler
  • Concrete Layer
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Concrete Pourer
  • Concrete Puddler
  • Concrete Spreader
  • Concrete Vibrator Operator
  • Concrete Worker
  • Connection Worker
  • Construction Coordinator
  • Construction Craft Laborer
  • Construction Inspector
  • Construction Laborer
  • Construction or Leak Gang Laborer
  • Construction Person
  • Construction Pit Worker
  • Construction Trench Digger
  • Construction Worker
  • Core-Drill Operator
  • Culvert Installer
  • Curb and Gutter Laborer
  • Demolition Hammer Operator
  • Demolition Specialist
  • Demolition Worker
  • Demolitionist
  • Digger
  • Dirt Shoveler
  • Ditch Digger
  • Ditch Repairer
  • Ditch Rider
  • Ditcher
  • Dope Pourer
  • Dopeman
  • Doper
  • Dowel Pin Man
  • Dowel Pin Worker
  • Drain Layer
  • Drapery Hanger
  • Dredge Pipe Operator
  • Dredge Pipeman
  • Drifter
  • Driller Helper
  • Drop Crew Laborer
  • Dust Handler
  • Earth Mover
  • Fence Post Driver
  • Fire Pot Operator
  • Flare Man
  • Flare Worker
  • Form Stripper
  • General Laborer
  • Grade Checker
  • Grade Tamper
  • Grader
  • Gravel Screener
  • Grit Blaster
  • Grommet Man
  • Grommet Worker
  • Ground Hand
  • Ground Worker
  • Groundman
  • Groundsman
  • Grout Machine Operator
  • Grout Worker
  • Groutman
  • Grunt
  • Handyman
  • Helper
  • High Man
  • High Worker
  • Hod Carrier
  • Hole Digger
  • Home Performance Laborer
  • Hose Operator
  • Hoseman
  • House Mover Helper
  • Hydraulic Jack Adjuster
  • Hydraulic Jack Operator
  • Hydroblaster
  • Inserter
  • Jackhammer Operator
  • Jet Man
  • Jet Worker
  • Jetting Machine Operator
  • Joint Filler
  • Joint Sealer
  • Kettle Firer
  • Kettle Operator
  • Kettle Worker
  • Kettleman
  • Labor Operator
  • Labor/Excavator
  • Laborer
  • Laborer-Demolition
  • Laborer-Operator
  • Laborer/Grade Check
  • Laborer/Key Man
  • Land Clearer
  • Lawn Sprinkler Installer
  • Liquid Floor and Wall Applier
  • Macadam Raker
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Manhole Stripper
  • Mastic Man
  • Mastic Worker
  • Mat Man
  • Mat Weaver
  • Mat Worker
  • Measurer
  • Mesh Man
  • Mesh Worker
  • Mixer
  • Mixer Tender
  • Mixing Plant Dumper
  • Mop Man
  • Mop Worker
  • Mortar Carrier
  • Mortar Maker
  • Mortar Man
  • Mortar Mixer
  • Mortar Worker
  • Mud Jack Nozzleman
  • Municipal Maintenance Worker
  • Nozzle Operator
  • Nozzleman
  • Nuclear Plant Construction Worker
  • Oil Heater Operator
  • Oil Heaterman
  • Paper Steamer
  • Pick and Shovel Man
  • Pick and Shovel Worker
  • Pile Header
  • Pile Trimmer
  • Piling Setter
  • Pin Puller
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Pipe Installer
  • Pipe Line Repairer
  • Pitman
  • Plaster Machine Tender
  • Playground Equipment Erector
  • Plowman
  • Plug Drill Operator
  • Pneumatic Riveter
  • Pole Setter
  • Post Framer
  • Pourer
  • Powder Loader
  • Power Washer
  • Precast Concrete Products Installer
  • Pressure Washer
  • Puddler
  • Pumper Helper
  • Punch Out Crew Member
  • Rail Layer
  • Rail Setter
  • Right-of-Way Clearer
  • Right-of-Way Cutter
  • Right-of-Way Man
  • Right-of-Way Worker
  • Riprap Man
  • Riprap Worker
  • Rivet Flunky
  • Riveter
  • Rock Worker
  • Rockman
  • Rod Placer
  • Rod Puller
  • Roughneck
  • Roustabout
  • Rubble Placer
  • Sand Blaster
  • Sand Hog
  • Sandblast Operator
  • Sandblaster
  • Scoop Filler
  • Screed Person
  • Screedman
  • Screedman/Laborer
  • Service Line Layer
  • Sewer Builder
  • Sewer Digger
  • Sewer Repairer
  • Shoveler
  • Sidewalk Repairer
  • Signaler
  • Skill Labor
  • Skilled Laborer
  • Skip Tender
  • Sledger
  • Slip Dumper
  • Slip Filler
  • Slip Injector and Applicator
  • Slipman
  • Snow Fence Erector
  • Sounder
  • Sprayer
  • Steam Cleaning Machine Operator
  • Steel Layer
  • Steel Placer
  • Steel Post Installer
  • Stone Breaker
  • Straightedge Man
  • Straightedge Worker
  • Straw Boss
  • Stripe Marker
  • Swimming Pool Installer and Servicer
  • Tagman
  • Tamper
  • Tar Kettle Runner
  • Tar Man
  • Tar Pot Man
  • Tar Pot Worker
  • Tar Worker
  • Track Repair Laborer
  • Tuckpointer, Cleaner, Caulker
  • Tunnel Man
  • Tunnel Worker
  • Turntable Man
  • Turntable Worker
  • Union Laborer
  • Venetian Blind Installer
  • Vibrator Operator
  • Wagon Winder
  • Wall Cleaner
  • Wall Scraper
  • Wall Steamer
  • Wall Washer
  • Wallpaper Cleaner
  • Wallpaper Scraper
  • Water Proofer
  • Well Cleaner
  • Whitewasher


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Position, join, align, or seal structural components, such as concrete wall sections or pipes.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Erect or dismantle scaffolding, shoring, braces, traffic barricades, ramps, or other temporary structures.
  • Position or dismantle forms for pouring concrete, using saws, hammers, nails, or bolts.
  • Lubricate, clean, or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
  • Operate jackhammers or drills to break up concrete or pavement.
  • Smooth or finish freshly poured cement or concrete, using floats, trowels, screeds, or powered cement finishing tools.
  • Operate or maintain air monitoring or other sampling devices in confined or hazardous environments.
  • Install sewer, water, or storm drain pipes, using pipe-laying machinery or laser guidance equipment.
  • Transport or set explosives for tunnel, shaft, or road construction.
  • Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
  • Place, consolidate, or protect case-in-place concrete or masonry structures.
  • Identify, pack, or transport hazardous or radioactive materials.
  • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.
  • Mix, pour, or spread concrete, using portable cement mixers.
  • Grind, scrape, sand, or polish surfaces such as concrete, marble, terrazzo, or wood flooring, using abrasive tools or machines.
  • Tend machines that pump concrete, grout, cement, sand, plaster, or stucco through spray guns for application to ceilings or walls.
  • Mix ingredients to create compounds for covering or cleaning surfaces.
  • Raze buildings or salvage useful materials.
  • Spray materials such as water, sand, steam, vinyl, paint, or stucco through hoses to clean, coat, or seal surfaces.
  • Apply caulking compounds by hand or caulking guns to protect against entry of water or air.
  • Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss.
  • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.
  • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
  • Perform site activities required of green certified construction practices, such as implementing waste management procedures, identifying materials for reuse, or installing erosion or sedimentation control mechanisms.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air drills
  • Air monitoring equipment
  • Asphalt kettles
  • Asphalt mops
  • Asphalt saws
  • Axes
  • Bale hooks
  • Bandsaws
  • Belt conveyors
  • Bench grinders
  • Bosun chairs
  • Brick carrier forks
  • Brick hammers
  • Brick tongs
  • Cable pullers
  • Calipers
  • Carpenters' levels
  • Carpenters' squares
  • Caulking guns
  • Chain saws
  • Chip spreaders
  • Chipping guns
  • Circular saws
  • Cold chisels
  • Concrete mixers
  • Concrete pumpers
  • Concrete saws
  • Coring machines
  • Crawler shovels
  • Crowbars
  • Cutoff saws
  • Cutout saws
  • Demolition saws
  • Disc grinders
  • Drill presses
  • Dump trucks
  • Dynamite blasters
  • Earth tampers
  • Electric boring machines
  • Electric drills
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Fencing pliers
  • Floats
  • Floor sanders
  • Floor saws
  • Forklifts
  • Forks
  • Gas leak detection devices
  • Generators
  • Gin poles
  • Guniting machines
  • Hammer drills
  • Hammers
  • Hand grinders
  • Hand trucks
  • Hoists
  • Hole cutters
  • Hydraulic booms
  • Hydraulic boring machines
  • Hydraulic chainsaws
  • Hydraulic rock drills
  • Hydraulic speed shoring equipment
  • Hydraulic track-guided wall saws
  • Impact hammers
  • Impact wrenches
  • Jackhammers
  • Jet trucks for cleaning sewer lines
  • Jig saws
  • Kerosene burners
  • Ladders
  • Laser guidance equipment for pipe placement
  • Laser levels
  • Laser measuring devices
  • Laser screeds
  • Levels
  • Liquid propane torches
  • Loaders
  • Manlifts
  • Masonry forklifts
  • Mattocks
  • Measuring wheels
  • Micrometers
  • Mortar hoes
  • Mortar mixers
  • Motor graders
  • Mowing equipment
  • Mud jacks
  • Nail guns
  • Oil distributors
  • Oxygen/acetylene torches
  • Paddle mixers
  • Paint sprayers
  • Pavement breakers
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Picks
  • Pickup trucks
  • Plasma cutters
  • Plaster mixers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Pneumatic staplers
  • Post hole augers
  • Power buggies
  • Power drills
  • Power sanders
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Pressure washers
  • Protective suits
  • Punches
  • Rakes
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Remote pipe cameras
  • Respirators
  • Ride-on vacuum cleaners
  • Road rollers
  • Robotic pipe cleaners
  • Robotic pipe cutters
  • Rotary hammers
  • Rough terrain forklifts
  • Saber saws
  • Salamanders
  • Sandblasters
  • Saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Scarifiers
  • Scissor lifts
  • Screeds
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sewer cleaner vactors
  • Sewer rodding machines
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shovels
  • Sidewalk sweepers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Slings
  • Smoke testers
  • Smudge pots
  • Snowplows
  • Spades
  • Spirit levels
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Steam jennies
  • Stucco spray guns
  • Stump cutters
  • Suction sweepers
  • Surveying rods
  • Swing chairs
  • Swing stages
  • Tampers
  • Tape measures
  • Tappers
  • Temperature probes
  • Theodolites
  • Torches
  • Transit levels
  • Trenchers
  • Tripods
  • Trowels
  • Tuck pointers
  • Two way radios
  • Vibratory plate compactors
  • Wagon drills
  • Walk-behind compacting equipment
  • Walk-behind saws
  • Water levels
  • Water samplers
  • Water spraying equipment
  • Water tank trucks
  • Weed sprayers
  • Welding hoods
  • Winches
  • Wire stretchers
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580