Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


The listed wages may vary by state and county. Laborers may work for a Highway Heavy rate or a Building Wage rate. Highway heavy work is usually done along transit lines, such as roads and bridges. Building work is typically done on vertical structures, like stadiums, hospitals or schools. Resource the Laborers Training Center for additional wage, benefit and contact information.

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

  • Vacation Fund

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • Driver's License

  • Reliable Transportation

  • Willing to Travel

A construction worker on the site where a skyscraper is being built.

Grab your steel-toed work boots, hardhat, vest and safety glasses and start your rewarding career as a laborer! Laborers are the backbone of the construction industry. They work on a wide range of construction projects such as: buildings, highways and roads, environmental remediation, pipelines, distribution centers, landscaping and commercial cleaning. Specific tasks laborers may perform include: concrete placement, scaffold erection, mason tending, demolition, plaster tending, and site cleanup.


Apply to be a laborer through the Statewide Laborers Apprenticeship Training Center.



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To become a laborer, high school students should take construction, building, shop, and trade courses. Knowledge of tools and how to do construction calculations, such as estimating, subtracting, and finding height, width and volume are important.

Completion of high school classes does not count for hours in the apprenticeship program, but the experience and classes taken are valuable in building a student’s skill set and should be discussed in the interview.


A two-year diploma is not required to qualify for an apprenticeship. However, degrees obtained in construction-related fields can be evaluated for credit. Call the Statewide Laborers Apprenticeship Training Center at 651-762-8235 prior to signing up for post-secondary opportunities to confirm credits transfer.


A laborer apprenticeship is a two-to-three-year paid program in which apprentices receive on-the-job practical training and classroom instruction. There are no tuition costs for the program. Apprentices are required to take 100 hours of classroom training and complete 1,500 hours of on-the-job training per year to graduate as a journeyworker.

Apprentices do not need to take an aptitude test unless a contractor requires one. Find a list of classes and contractors in Minnesota here.

Find Your Laborers Apprenticeship Program:

In the State of Minnesota, there are four labor unions. The Laborers Training Center provides training for the following labor unions. Click on the unions below to access their specific websites:

Local 405
1848 2nd Ave SE,
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-2349
Email: local405@locallabors405.com

Local 563
901 14th Ave NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 781-6933

Local 1091
2002 London Rd,
Duluth, MN 55812
(218) 728-5151

Local 1097
901 14th Ave NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 781-6933


Manual dexterity, good intrapersonal skills and punctuality are important for laborers. Having building and mechanical knowledge and a willingness to learn and try new things mean laborers are adaptable and arrive prepared for the job at hand.

Laborers work with every trade in the construction industry, so being able to work in teams and coordinate schedules with others is important for success on the job. Laborers often travel to job sites and may travel from Minnesota to the Dakotas for work.

For high school students preparing to become a laborer, consider part-time jobs that require hands-on mechanical and shop work to build experience. Outdoor work experience, such as landscaping, is similar to the variety of conditions and the common instruction that laborers work in.


Laborers unions want military members! Be sure to mention service participation in the application process. Note that military construction-related service does not count for credit toward training hours in the apprenticeship.

Local Offices


Statewide Laborers Apprenticeship Training Center

2350 Main Street
Lino Lakes, MN 55038

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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