Construction Worker Salary | Job Titles and Salaries
There are many different roles within the construction industry at differing levels of skill and experience. Due to this, not all construction workers are paid the same. For example, a labourer who has little experience so works on basic projects is going to get paid less than a construction site manager who has years of experience and a wealth of responsibilities. Therefore, a construction worker salary can be competitive.
Knowing the average salary of a construction worker is useful for a number of reasons. Firstly, by knowing average salaries, we can use this information to direct our education and focus towards the more rewarding choice. Often, those roles which require more skills upon joining the industry will expect degree level applicants. However, many construction roles accept those without a degree.
Secondly, we can estimate how our salary is likely to progress in order to meet our lifestyle needs such as buying a house. We need to know whether our career choice will work for us long term.
Thirdly, you might just be curious and want to read about how a construction worker salary compares to other jobs in different industries.
The first job role I would like to discuss is the labourer. There are many types of labourers, for example, they may be working on building a house or laying out roads. The role involves a lot of physical strength and endurance and can be very tiring. For many, this is a starting job role before they progress into roles such as a site manager. However, of course, many individuals continue to work as a labourer throughout their entire lives.
The average salary of a labourer is around £20,000 a year. This is a pretty low salary and unfortunately for many starting labourers, this means minimum wage.
You can read lots more about the role of a labourer, their career progression and more by reading our article: Being a Labourer – Guide to Success.
Site supervisors have experience working on a construction site so have the additional responsibility of supervising construction workers. They must be professionally trained in health and safety and manage the construction tasks day-to-day.
Due to this level of responsibility and the skills that are needed, site supervisors tend to earn more than general site workers. On average they can earn between £30,000 and £40,000 a year.
If you would like to become a site supervisor and have some experience working on the construction site, we can help you to qualify for this position and increase your salary from £20k to £30-40k.
The course that we offer is the CIOB Level 3 in Site Supervisory. This will not only allow you to qualify for site supervisor positions, but it will also give you a qualification from the CIOB. Therefore, it is a highly valuable course for your professional development.
A step up from the site supervisor is the site manager position. In this role, you have a much more active role than a supervisor. A supervisor oversees the operations on site, whereas a manager directs the operations. They ensure that projects get completed within a set time frame and have regular meetings with other professionals involved in the project creation.
With a step up in responsibilities comes a step up with salary. They can expect to earn between £40,000 and £50,000 a year, and in more senior positions, exceeding £50k.
Of course, we also offer two courses for those of you who would like to become a site manager. The first course on offer is the CIOB Level 4 in Site Management which is the next course from the site supervisory course. We also offer an NVQ Level 6 in Site Management which is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. Not only will you qualify to become a site manager, but you will also qualify for the CSCS Black Card. This is a highly reputable status to have which is why salaries are so rewarding for this job role.
A Plumber has the essential role of installing hot and cold water supplies, sanitary needs, rain drainage, heating and more. Their role is really in demand because every single house or flat needs a plumber. Due to this high demand, they often get high salaries too. Their average salary is £30k a year but this can rise if they are really experienced or work freelance.
Architects have the role of creating the designs for construction projects. Not only do they design buildings as per client wants and needs, but they also design them with maximum safety in mind. They may work with structural engineers and create 2 and 3D drawings for reference and for many other construction professionals to work from. The average salary for an architect is £40k a year. However, if you work on some of the best construction projects in the world you can earn lots more than this. In London, it has been known for architects to earn £100k a year.
Quantity surveyors are responsible for the budgeting and cost of a construction project. They will often be asked to calculate the costs of a project based on initial planning. They will then continue to work within the project to ensure the budget for the project is maintained.
For those who want to become quantity surveyors, here at the College of Contract Management we offer an Advanced Diploma in Quantity Surveying.
The average salary for a quantity surveyor is around £30k a year. However, senior positions can earn around £50k.
Of course, these are not all of the construction workers, just a few. The construction industry is huge, with many different roles and responsibilities that bring it together. This short list of job roles and salaries should give you an insight into the average salaries in this industry.