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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.


SOC Code 47-2061 - Construction Laborers is a a final level code of the “Construction and Extraction Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 1,020,350 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $20.06 and average Annual Wage of $41,730.


"Hazardous Materials Removal Workers" (47-4041). Construction laborers who primarily assist a particular craft worker are classified under "Helpers, Construction Trades" (47-3010).


Occupation Examples

  • Air Hammer Operator
  • Construction Craft Laborer
  • Construction Laborer
  • Construction Trench Digger

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