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Help roofers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist roofers are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).
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Responsibilities and activities

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.

Construction laborers, 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, such as 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:

Median salary: $33,260 annually
Half of those employed in this career earn between $28,080 and $39,840.
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How do salaries for this career compare to other jobs' salaries?
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Salary growth for construction trade helpers
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Experience quotient percentile
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About Helpers--Roofers
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs? The availability of health care, especially employer provided health care, and pension plans can add significantly to the value of compensation you receive in a career. These charts compare how this career compares to other careers with regard to health care and pension plans.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of helpers--roofers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health (90%)
  • High Places (83%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (78%)
  • Consequence of Error (63%)
  • Hazardous Equipment (58%)
  • Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites (52%)
  • Hazardous Conditions (48%)
  • Time Pressure (48%)
  • Radiation Exposure (38%)
  • Unpleasant or Angry People (36%)
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Personality and skills
Can you see yourself in the ranks of Helpers--Roofers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.
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.
Injury and Illness
About 35 helpers--roofers become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, making this job more dangerous than 62% of other careers.
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Education pathways to this career
Education attained by helpers--roofers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), helpers--roofers typically hold no formal educational credential.
Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as construction trade helpers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.
Details: Education and training recommended for helpers--roofers

Although formal education is not typically required for most positions, helpers of electricians and helpers of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters typically need a high school diploma. High school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for helpers--roofers

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.

Education level of Construction trade helpers
Only 4% of construction trade helpers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by construction trade helpers
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Where are the jobs
State-by-state employment numbers
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Number of Construction trade helpers per 1,000 workers (ACS)
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Job density versus job count
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where helpers--roofers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio
We use two methods to compare salaries across states:
  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for construction trade helpers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for construction trade helpers.
We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which construction trade helpers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this figure might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Location-adjusted median salary for Construction trade helpers (ACS for all specialties)
17% of Construction trade helpers are working part time.
We’ve found that some jobs have a huge number of part-time workers, and typically that is because they are unable to find full-time work or the job itself can’t provide full-time hours. With 17% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 61% of careers.
Employer types
This donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire for this career.
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Private for-profit
Private not-for-profit
Local government
State government
Federal government
Self-employed incorporated
Self-employed not incorporated
Working without pay
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Distribution: Salaries of construction trade helpers by type of employer
Here are the salary distributions based on employer type.
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Construction trade helpers and gender
With 4% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 89% of careers.
Gender of Construction trade helpers
Men (96%)
Women (4%)
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary in this career? The closer the bars are, the less discrepancy there is.
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Race and origin of Construction trade helpers
This donut shows the distribution of race and origin among those employed as Construction trade helpers.
Race/origin of construction trade helpers
White (69% )
Other (13% )
Black (10% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Asian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Distribution: salaries by race/origin
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