The hourly rate for contractors varies according to what skill set or specialty the contractor has. As of January 2015, general construction laborers earn between $9.46 and $28.32 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction managers have a median hourly wage of $38.98.
Carpenters have a median hourly wage of $20.35 and skilled brick masons have a median hourly wage of $18.78 to $26.31. Cement masons and concrete finishers earn approximately $17.27 per hour and drywall installers earn about $18.59. Residential building construction contractors have a mean hourly wage of $15.55, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.