The Worst Paying Cities For Construction Laborers

Construction Laborers

We live in a human-made world, which means that everything from the houses we live on the roads we travel on was all built by construction workers. It’s an important job — one that our entire society depends on, yet few workers earn a substantial income in the field.

As of 2016, the average salary for construction, labourers in the U.S. was $37,890, but in some markets, construction labourers have earned close to $60,000 per year. It’s estimated that one of the biggest factors affecting the average construction labourer salary in each metro is that locale’s cost of living.

CareersTrends, a career research site by AMG Brands, used 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile a list of the 50 U.S. metro areas that pay their construction labourers the least. To do this, the data team ranked metropolitan regions as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget by the average salary for construction labourers in 2016. When these occur, metros are ranked by the total number of construction labourers.

Southern states are overrepresented: Texas alone appears nine times on the list. Construction labourers in the worst-paying location make almost half as much as the national average

 

10. Ocala, Florida

Mean salary for construction workers: $24,960
Percent below national average: -41.15%
Number of construction workers: 840

 

9. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas

Mean salary for construction workers: $24,740
Percent below national average: -41.99%
Number of construction workers: 1,090

 

8. Jacksonville, North Carolina

Mean salary for construction workers: $24,450
Percent below national average: -43.12%
Number of construction workers: 350

 

7. Fayetteville, North Carolina

Mean salary for construction workers: $24,370
Percent below national average: -43.43%
Number of construction workers: 230

 

6. Sebring, Florida

Mean salary for construction workers: $23,650
Percent below national average: -46.28%
Number of construction workers: 230

 

5. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Alabama

Mean salary for construction workers: $23,480
Percent below national average: -46.96%
Number of construction workers: 50

 

4. Auburn-Opelika, Alabama

Mean salary for construction workers: $23,190
Percent below national average: -48.13%
Number of construction workers: 280

 

3. Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Mean salary for construction workers: $22,990
Percent below national average: -48.95%
Number of construction workers: 160

 

2. Gadsden, Alabama

Mean salary for construction workers: $22,390
Percent below national average: -51.43%
Number of construction workers: 350

 

1. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas

Mean salary for construction workers: $20,410
Percent below national average: -59.97%
Number of construction workers: 330