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Working As A Construction Helper

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Repetitive

  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Helper Do

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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How To Become A Construction Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Average Yearly Salary
$27,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
EMCOR Group
Highest Paying City
Hartford, CT
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.8 years
How much does a Construction Helper make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Construction Helper in the United States is $27,877 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $44,000.

Real Construction Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other Patron Construction Corp. New York, NY Aug 30, 2010 $45,768
Helper Construction Trades Pacheco Cement, Inc. OH Apr 01, 2015 $43,284
Helper Construction Trades Pacheco Cement, Inc. Painesville, OH Apr 01, 2016 $40,154
Construction Helper Bobby Cameron Stone Masonry KY Feb 01, 2014 $40,091
Construction Helper Bobby Cameron Stone Masonry KY Mar 01, 2014 $40,091
Construction Helper Bobby Cameron Stone Masonry, LLC Brodhead, KY Feb 15, 2016 $37,921
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other New Base Plastering LLC Tucson, AZ Dec 10, 2008 $37,566
Construction Helper G-Tech Associates, LLC NY Jan 01, 2015 $37,566
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other Vacation Pools LLC Texarkana, TX Aug 09, 2011 $36,546
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other Vacation Pools LLC Texarkana, TX Mar 06, 2012 $36,546
Construction Helper A.N. Martin Grain Systems NY Apr 01, 2015 $36,502
Construction Helper A.N. Martin Grain Systems NY Apr 01, 2014 $36,460
Helpers, Construction Trades, All Other Medina Construction Corp. NY Mar 24, 2009 $34,456
Construction Helper Saguaro Drywall and Company Phoenix, AZ Apr 15, 2016 $32,161
Construction Helper Apodaca Wall Systems Inc. Phoenix, AZ May 24, 2016 $32,161
Construction Helper FB Construction MA Feb 10, 2015 $31,138
Construction Helper Bobby Cameron Stone Masonry KY Feb 01, 2014 $30,199
Helpers, Construction M&R Forestry Services, Inc. PA May 01, 2015 $30,074
Construction Helper Rivera Concrete LLC Lawrenceville, GA Nov 20, 2016 $29,385
Construction Helper Rivera Concrete LLC Lawrenceville, GA Dec 26, 2016 $29,385
General Construction Helper Dakota Contractors LLC Aberdeen, SD Apr 01, 2016 $26,734
Construction Helper Mike's Framing, Inc. Charlotte, NC Apr 15, 2015 $26,442
Helpers, Construction M&R Forestry Services, Inc. OH May 01, 2015 $26,234
Construction Helper Superior Walls of Upstate Ny, Inc. Lima, NY Jul 01, 2016 $25,441
Construction Helpers Gm International Labor Consultants, LLC GA Apr 15, 2015 $25,357
Construction Helpers Gm International Labor Consultants, LLC & Rivera Concrete LLC GA Apr 15, 2015 $25,357
Helpers, Construction Glenn Marsee & Son Foundation Repair Inc. Kansas City, KS Jul 28, 2010 $25,044

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Top Skills for A Construction Helper

  1. Construction Sites
  2. Job Site
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist manager and supervisor with project management of construction sites for residential and commercial construction.
  • Performed regular job site observations to provide direction for all general contractor personnel.
  • Used proper safety procedures* Flagging for industrial fork lift* Followed blue prints* Organized daily tasks on logs
  • Job responsibility/clean and prepare construction sites Job responsibility/load, unload and identify building materials Job responsibility/erect and disassemble scaffolding and wall
  • Inspected, cleaned, maintained, and repaired equipment, using mechanics' hand tools, or report malfunctions to supervisors.

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Top 10 Best States for Construction Helpers

  1. Alaska
  2. Hawaii
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Washington
  7. New Jersey
  8. Illinois
  9. Nebraska
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Construction Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

75.9%

Unknown

13.8%

Female

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

19.4%

Black or African American

14.0%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Korean

4.4%

Italian

4.4%

Swedish

2.2%

Vietnamese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Albanian

2.2%

Turkish

2.2%

Dakota

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%
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Construction Helper Education

Schools

The Academy

11.2%

University of Phoenix

11.2%

Houston Community College

6.5%

Del Mar College

5.6%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

5.6%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

4.7%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

4.7%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.7%

Brazosport College

4.7%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

Everest Institute

3.7%

Universal Technical Institute

3.7%

Lamar Institute of Technology

3.7%

Fresno City College

3.7%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

Tulsa Welding School

3.7%

Hostos Community College of the City University of New York

3.7%

Camden County College

3.7%

A-Technical College

3.7%
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Majors

Business

22.8%

General Studies

10.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.7%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Precision Metal Working

5.5%

Automotive Technology

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Computer Science

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Construction Management

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

English

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Psychology

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

50.3%

Bachelors

17.7%

Associate

16.7%

Certificate

8.5%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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