Laborer Careers

Laborers can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson laborer (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn anywhere from $25.00 to $40.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Laborers and helpers work in all fields of construction and demand for these workers will mirror the level of overall construction activity.

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites. Laborers work at building, highway and heavy construction sites.

Construction laborers and helpers work full time and do physically demanding work. Some of that work is at great heights or outdoors in all weather conditions.

Laborers learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for construction laborers is run through Laborers’ International Union of North America and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.