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What do we make? How does it compare?

By - Last modified: April 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM
Jason Scott
Jason Scott

What does a construction laborer make in Central Pennsylvania?

Not as much as one in a few neighboring states, according to recent occupation wage estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Using data from May 2012, the BLS said a construction laborer in the Harrisburg-Carlisle area makes about $15.72 per hour. That's the hourly mean wage.

The hourly mean in the Lancaster area is $15.09; it's $16.09 and $15.42 in the Lebanon and York-Hanover areas, respectively.

By comparison, the top paying states for this profession were Hawaii at $24.76, New York at $23.73, Massachusetts at $23.26, New Jersey at $22.83 and Alaska at $21.89.

In the states with the highest employment level in this occupation, the hourly mean wage was as follows: Texas at $12.55, California at $20.57, New York again, Illinois at $19.09 and Florida at $13.09.

The hourly mean wage in the U.S. was $16.58, according to the BLS.

Curious how a chief executive position benchmarks nationally? Click here. What about an industrial engineer?

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate, media and marketing, and Dauphin County. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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