Construction Laborers

risk level
Based on 232 votes
by year 2032
or $19.59 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

53% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

54% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 53% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Construction Laborers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Construction Laborers' job openings is expected to rise 5.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Construction Laborers' was $40,750, or $19 per hour

'Construction Laborers' were paid 12.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 1,012,780 people employed as 'Construction Laborers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.7% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 146 people are employed as 'Construction Laborers'.

Job description

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: 47-2061.00


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Joe (No chance) says
I replaced windows for 3 years, no way in hell do i see a robot being able to do that in residential units.
Dec 13, 2023 at 06:57 AM
Riley Tiemann (No chance) says
Creating a machine that can adequately use at least 10 tools per job, while figuring out the best tool for the job would be virtually impossible.
Nov 15, 2022 at 08:58 PM
Ningyuan Wang (Highly likely) says
Reducing the costs of manual labor has always been on the agenda to increase or maintain profits for employers. These employers are inevitably profit-driven, or they risk being competed out of the business.
May 29, 2022 at 08:46 PM
Anon (Highly likely) says
I’m sure Boston dynamics already has a construction worker robot.
Sep 29, 2021 at 12:29 AM
Steve Irwin says
As long as they make less of a mess in the lunch rooms and toilets I don't mind.
Aug 21, 2021 at 11:28 AM
Ramesh (Highly likely) says
I saw a video about robots doing construction work very fast and accurate.
Dec 09, 2020 at 02:27 AM
It geek says
3D printing in large scale will build your home in 72 hours, why do you need more people standing there pointing and hammering plywood? Don't worry about brick on your head. All material will be recycle, and if you get tired of your house, bull dose and build a new home while you go for a vacation. See this company Winsun from China and the home they build for Africa
Jul 30, 2020 at 01:46 AM
TeroBau says
bruh, 3d printing just looks good but isn't. It just prints the skeleton. The muscles, pillars, interior structures, plumbing, and electrical arrangement should all be done by humans my silly friend.
Nov 02, 2021 at 01:48 AM
Mark Corbin (Low) says
AI will have to be able to get around work sites with out tripping over loose material on the job site. Or be able to put siding on a wall like humans can.
Jun 04, 2020 at 06:24 AM
Kid says
plz no i don't want a robot to accidentally drop a brick on my head
Jan 17, 2020 at 03:07 PM

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