Construction workers in the worst-paying location make almost half as much as the average.
Where construction workers make the least
Everything from the houses we live in to the roads we travel on were all built by construction workers. It’s an important job, yet few workers earn a substantial income in the field.
As of 2016, the average salary for construction workers in the U.S. was $40,480, but in some markets, construction workers have earned close to $70,000 per year. It’s estimated that one of the biggest factors affecting the average construction worker salary in each metro is that locale’s cost of living.
Using 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following is a ranking of the U.S. metro areas that pay their construction workers the least. The list includes only the regions where construction workers earn less than $40,480 on average. When ties occur, metros are ranked by the total number of construction workers.