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Laborers Build California

North/Central California

Average yearly earnings

$33k - $54k

Bay Area California

Average yearly earnings

$36k - $61k

Southern California

Average yearly earnings

$33k - $56k

Build California - Carpenters

Laborers:

They work through all phases of construction from pouring concrete and moving earth, to operating power tools, and applying finishing touches. Laborers are in high-demand on highway and transportation projects, and residential or commercial sites across the state.


AVERAGE WAGE

$17/hour +

Apprentice

$30/hour +

Journeyperson


Demand through 2026 : Extreme

What You’ll Need

  • 18 Years Old 18 Years Old
  • + 2-4 YEARS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING + 2-4 YEARS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
  • + other requirements + other requirements

BUILD CALIFORNIA IS A CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REBRANDING AND RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN.

Today 70% of college students graduate with student loans, averaging about $37,000 and dismal job prospects in their desired field. Despite increased media attention about on-going labor shortages and other workforce development efforts, young people simply aren’t considering (let alone pursuing) careers in the trades. According to AGC of America, 80% of contractors “report difficulty finding qualified craft workers to hire as [the] association calls for measures to rebuild workforce.”

So where’s the disconnect? The problem lies in people’s perception of the industry. We have to change hearts and minds – we have to redefine our industry; we have to re-educate Californians, and we have to invest in our own legacy so that future generations aspire to be tradespeople. Build California’s pioneering approach utilizes a mix of marketing, advertising, public relations, and grassroots outreach tactics in order to actively engage with Californians of all ages about the lucrative, long-term, and immediate benefits of careers in the state’s construction industry.

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