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Occupational Employment Statistics


47-2061 Construction Laborers

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. Construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker are classified under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3010). Excludes “Hazardous Materials Removal Workers” (47-4041).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 1,20052$25.45/hr$17.44/hr$19.28/hr$23.08/hr$30.35/hr$37.53/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining40$20.52/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities60$22.04/hr
Financial Activities30$33.19/hr
Professional and Business Services2,450$16.42/hr
Education and Health Services60$28.31/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration210$26.97/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 310$23.67/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 390$22.88/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 460$23.06/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 530$23.09/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 890$24.01/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,000$23.94/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,110$23.36/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 1,120$22.21/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,200$23.08/hr9.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,220$22.68/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 1,370$23.07/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 1,730$23.21/hr9.2%
Southeast Minnesota 1,770$23.01/hr6.9%
Northwest Balance of State 2,090$22.05/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 2,380$22.36/hr9.6%
Central Minnesota 3,510$24.00/hr6.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 12,330$26.75/hr7.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 14,620$26.04/hrN/A
Minnesota 24,000$23.97/hr7.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters N/AN/A-2.7%
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall 820$24.15/hr3.9%
Structural Iron and Steel Workers 990$38.92/hr6.2%
Roofers 1,590$28.89/hr5.8%
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 4,580$31.00/hr0.6%
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons N/A$23.57/hrN/A
Roustabouts, Oil and Gas N/AN/AN/A
Glaziers 840$32.88/hr5.7%
Plasterers and Stucco Masons 160$41.59/hrN/A
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 1,070$29.93/hr3.7%

  • Perform building weatherization tasks, such as repairing windows, adding insulation, or applying weather-stripping materials.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.
  • Mop, brush, or spread paints, cleaning solutions, or other compounds over surfaces to clean them or to provide protection.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Perform construction laborer duties at green building sites, such as renewable energy plants or wind turbine installations.
  • Apply weather-stripping to reduce energy loss.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Use computers or other input devices to control robotic pipe cutters or cleaners.
  • Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.