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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 1,010270$17.33/hr$12.00/hr$13.87/hr$16.64/hr$19.17/hr$24.96/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining30$28.26/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities50$17.90/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services780$25.36/hr
Education and Health Services100$15.23/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration190$24.42/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 250$18.85/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 310$18.01/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 380$19.03/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 470$18.54/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 510$21.70/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 520$20.80/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 540$22.66/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 700$17.80/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 750$24.69/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 850$17.90/hr4.7%
Southeast Minnesota 900$22.51/hr1.3%
Northeast Minnesota 910$20.07/hr0.2%
Northwest Minnesota 1,010$16.64/hr8.4%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,040$21.01/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 1,130$16.39/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 1,890$19.58/hr16.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 6,920$28.77/hr10.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 7,710$27.89/hrN/A
Minnesota 12,400$22.94/hr9.7%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Highway Maintenance Workers 5,030$25.82/hr6.7%
Helpers--Carpenters 490$17.34/hr9.9%
Painters, Construction and Maintenance 4,000$25.31/hr4.4%

  • Clean or prepare construction sites to eliminate possible hazards.
  • Provide assistance to craft workers, such as carpenters, plasterers, or masons.
  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  • Read plans, instructions, or specifications to determine work activities.
  • Measure, mark, or record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed.
  • Dig ditches or trenches, backfill excavations, or compact and level earth to grade specifications, using picks, shovels, pneumatic tampers, or rakes.
  • Tend pumps, compressors, or generators to provide power for tools, machinery, or equipment or to heat or move materials, such as asphalt.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications.
  • Signal equipment operators to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials.