What are the hourly rates in Chicago for renovation in 2021?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly rate for contractors are is $29.44.

Hourly rates vary and workers who belong to a union typically receive higher rates than those who do not. The average pay range of unionized contractors in Chicago is also dependent on several factors, including education, years of experience, certifications, and additional skills.

Illinois Department of Labor Prevailing Wage

For public work in Illinois, prevailing wages are set by each county, including base rate, overtime pay, health and welfare benefits, pension, and training benefits. As of May 24, 2021, these are the prevailing wages of select trades in Cook County, from a list of 70.

Union Workers Rates

As of June 1, 2021, Chicago Laborers’ District Council reached a five-year agreement with the following contractor associations:

Agreed upon wages are listed as follows:


District Council of Chicago wages per hour


Cook, Lake, and DuPage County wages per hour

Cement Mason

(Cook and DuPage) wages per hour

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