Skip to main content

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
Southeast Minnesota 1,26053$23.65/hr$15.27/hr$18.83/hr$23.24/hr$26.85/hr$32.48/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining50$19.74/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities60$19.23/hr
Financial Activities60$32.78/hr
Professional and Business Services1,760$14.97/hr
Education and Health Services30$39.21/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration240$20.54/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 230$23.48/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 360$21.98/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 390$19.23/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 400$23.35/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 640$23.41/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 800$22.72/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 860$23.46/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 880$23.83/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,000$23.36/hr9.0%
Southwest Balance of State 1,100$22.87/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 1,240$23.04/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,260$23.24/hr6.9%
Southwest Minnesota 1,350$23.19/hr9.2%
Northwest Balance of State 1,570$22.93/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 1,810$22.93/hr9.6%
Central Minnesota 2,770$23.60/hr6.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 9,290$24.14/hr7.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 11,030$24.14/hrN/A
Minnesota 18,200$23.68/hr7.1%

  • 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.