Construction Laborers


Perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition 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, clean up rubble and debris, and remove asbestos, lead, and other hazardous waste materials. May assist other craft workers. Exclude construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker, and classify them under 'Helpers, Construction Trades' (47-3011 through 47-3016).


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Heavy Construction, Except Highway
  2. Concrete Work
  3. Nonresidential Building Construction
  4. Misc. Special Trade Contractors
  5. Highway And Street Construction

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 15,620 16.46 9.59 19.90 34,240 19,940 41,390
Joplin MSA 270 11.28 8.11 12.86 23,450 16,870 26,750
Columbia MSA 360 15.88 9.74 18.96 33,040 20,250 39,430
St Joseph MSA 300 15.04 9.47 17.83 31,280 19,690 37,080
Springfield MSA 740 12.10 7.73 14.28 25,170 16,080 29,710
St Louis MSA 8,380 19.15 11.89 22.78 39,830 24,730 47,380
Kansas City* 3,000 17.86 11.75 20.91 37,151 24,449 43,503
Central Region* 1,910 13.64 8.79 16.07 28,375 18,288 33,418
Northeast Region* 610 17.09 10.04 20.61 35,543 20,888 42,871
Northwest Region* 400 14.59 8.63 17.56 30,339 17,955 36,531
Ozark Region* 1,030 11.96 7.97 13.95 24,874 16,586 29,018
South Central Region* 140 12.09 7.24 14.51 25,143 15,069 30,180
Southeast Region* 1,270 12.58 7.45 15.14 26,158 15,498 31,488
Southwest Region* 620 10.90 8.21 12.25 22,679 17,085 25,476
St. Charles* 1,120 19.51 12.39 23.07 40,586 25,771 47,993
St. Louis City* 790 17.85 10.87 21.34 37,132 22,616 44,390
St. Louis County* 3,370 19.76 12.06 23.61 41,099 25,082 49,107
West Central Region* 410 12.45 9.30 14.02 25,890 19,349 29,160
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 660 17.77 9.87 21.72 36,965 20,521 45,186

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 14,480 17,750 3,270 22.58 460 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 6,450 8,020 1,570 24.34 216 Outstanding
St Louis MSA 7,420 9,120 1,700 22.91 238 Outstanding
Central Region* 1,450 1,740 290 20.00 42 Great
Northeast Region* 610 760 150 24.59 21 Outstanding
Northwest Region* 540 600 60 11.11 5 Great
Ozark Region* 1,100 1,420 320 29.09 42 Outstanding
South Central Region* 240 300 60 25.00 8 Great
Southeast Region* 770 930 160 20.78 23 Outstanding
Southwest Region* 500 610 110 22.00 16 Outstanding
West Central Region* 420 470 50 11.90 9 Great

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months)
or training in one of the following
Construction Trades, Other