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What day laborers earn by hour, month, year

On the Corner, the recently published nationwide survey of day laborers, reports that 7.4% of work assignments pay $7 per hour or less; 22% between $7 and $9.99; 46% between $10 and $12; and 25%, over $12.

Assignments paying over $12 usually involve high skill work such as electrical or plumbing work.

For total monthly earnings, in a good month the median total income is $1,400. In a bad month the median is $500.

The authors report that even with workers who have more good than bad months, it is unlikely that their total annual wages exceed $15,000.

See a prior posting for the report's analysis of the kind of work days laborers perform and whom they work for.

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