Construction laborers earn $40 an hour in Georgia and New York.
If you’ve been working in construction for at least a year, that’s more than $1,200 per month, according to an analysis of federal data by The Washington Post.
But construction workers in Georgia can make far more than that, because state law requires employers to pay a wage for every hour worked.
“You would think that with such a high salary you would have to have a good education and a great work ethic to be a good construction worker,” said Chris Dorman, a senior policy analyst at the AFL-CIO.
But for many, the answer is a resounding no.
The Labor Department says the average wage for construction workers nationwide is $23.23 an hour.
That’s far below the $35.12 that construction workers earn in New York and Georgia.
Construction workers can also make much less than the average worker in most other industries, such as manufacturing, which pays $28.60 an hour for construction.
In Georgia, the average construction worker earns $23 an hours, according.
The most common type of construction job is a laborer.
Laborers can make as little as $14.50 an hour, according the Labor Department.
That doesn’t include overtime pay or sick leave, which are included in the state’s minimum wage.
For many construction workers, that means working long hours on construction projects and making less than minimum wage on the job.
And those workers also often work with the wrong tools, often making repairs or cleaning up after the job is done.
Construction labor is a highly skilled, repetitive and dangerous job, said Paul Mankins, the president of the National Association of Home Builders, which represents about 40,000 home builders.
“I see the labor that goes into construction as a really tough job,” Mankings said.
In 2016, construction workers worked on a record amount of projects in Georgia, according a 2016 report by the Labor Dept.
According to the report, the median construction project in Georgia was 1,865.
That included 1,069 in rural counties.
The report says Georgia’s construction industry employs about 25,000 workers, mostly in low-wage jobs.
Construction and related industries accounted for about one-quarter of Georgia’s gross domestic product in 2016, according and the state had the sixth highest jobless rate in the country.
But there are a few bright spots in the labor force, particularly among construction workers.
Construction worker union officials said they were pleased that Georgia’s law required employers to compensate for overtime pay and sick leave.
“This will help ensure that our hard-working construction workers get the necessary benefits,” said Scott Ehrlich, president of Georgia Construction and Safety Union.
Construction Labor Pay and Benefits Workers in Georgia must get a state-issued minimum wage to earn any wage at all, which is $8.55 per hour.
They can’t work more than 40 hours in a workweek, which requires them to work weekends and holidays.
And their employer must pay for their health insurance, paid for by the state.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t make a living.
Construction laborers get $1 an hour to work on a project that includes a building.
They get paid $4 an hour when they are on a construction site for a second job.
“It’s the minimum wage,” said Mankans, the union president.
“They are getting that because they are getting paid a minimum wage.”
Georgia’s minimum-wage law does not apply to private contractors.
In some cases, contractors can take on workers with disabilities, and many of those workers don’t make the minimum salary, according at the Labor department.
“We don’t have the same protections that you would expect,” said Michael Epps, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Contractors.
“If you’re a worker who is on a disability, you have to be paid for your disability.
That is a different level of protection than you would normally have.”
A Georgia law allows employers to use contractors as a bargaining chip, but only if the contractor agrees to pay its workers a minimum of $10 an hour and take them on a sick leave plan, which would provide additional pay and vacation pay.
That provision is important, said Epps.
“That is an incentive for the contractor to work with us.”
But it’s not the only way Georgia workers can make extra money.
Georgia law also allows construction workers to earn an additional wage to cover the cost of health insurance.
It’s not clear how many workers would qualify.
Some construction workers make between $2 and $3 an hour on average, according of a Labor Department report.
The median wage in Georgia is $27.85 an hour — that’s slightly less than $32.90 for a construction worker, according The Post.
“The fact is, a lot of workers are making more than the minimum, and a lot are making less,” said Epp