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General Laborer

Job classification

TitleGeneral Laborer
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z) - Nonexempt
Labor agreement Laborers Int, Local 261
Effective dateJune 13, 2016

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jan 06, 2024

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $34.8875 $36.6125 $38.4875 $40.4125 $42.4125
Rate /biweekly: $2,791.00 $2,929.00 $3,079.00 $3,233.00 $3,393.00
Rate /year: $72,566 $76,154 $80,054 $84,058 $88,218

Job description




JOB CODE: 7514


Under general supervision, performs a variety of manual labor tasks such as removing debris from construction, maintenance, wrecking, or repair work; loading and unloading materials, supplies, furniture, and equipment; may work as part of a crew with other crafts; and operating various types of equipment and machinery including pneumatic and hand tools associated with general construction.


This class is the entry-level class in the laborer series. Positions involve sustained physical effort and exposure to a variety of disagreeable working conditions and inclement weather.




According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Excavates trenches (using various pneumatic and hand tools, including 90-pound jackhammers) for water and sewer lines, underground utility repair, or electrical conduits; backfills and compacts excavations; and potholes transmission mains and service piping.

2. Clears culverts, stakes fabric to prevent erosion of work sites, and cements and rip-raps upstream and downstream of culverts.

3. Stabilizes embankments by building wetwalls and drywalls alongside roadways and waterways.

4. Clears obstacles prior to machine mowing.

5. Serves as flag operator and sets up traffic barricades and lights or other barriers around work sites (on streets or in other locations).

6. Clears and chips vegetation, brush, limbs; clears firebreaks, watershed roadways, v-ditches, jogging and foot paths, pipeline rights-of-way, around structures, buildings, risers, vaults, and valve lots; cuts access routes to watershed domestic utility lines and springs; removes small trees and grinds stumps.

7. Installs and maintains chain link, barbed wire and hogwire fencing; cements watershed gate posts and chain link fence posts.

8. Loads and unloads materials, supplies, furniture, and/or equipment by hand or with booms, power tailgate, forklift, and other moving equipment for moving to and from worksites (examples: jackhammers, sandbags, cement bags, debris bags, railroad ties, whackers, vibratory plates).

9. Removes and cleans up debris resulting from construction, maintenance, wrecking, or repair work around grounds and building areas using hands, broom, shovel, wheel barrow, etc.

10. Works in confined spaces to assist in cleaning and flushing catch basins, septic tanks, or sewage treatment plants with shovels, hoses, and pumps to ensure proper drainage of the sewer system.

11. Operates and maintains pneumatic, electrical, mechanical, and hand tools including air compressors, jack hammers, tie tampers, sand blasters, steam cleaners, hoists, drills, chain saws, cement mixers, chipping guns, weed whackers, spaders, stump grinders, fence stretchers, aerial lift buckets, and other hand tools to assist craft workers in getting their jobs done.

12. Mixes and prepares concrete.

13. Assists in the application of concrete and asphalt to repair roads and sidewalks.

14. Sweeps streets and sidewalks

15. Applies disinfectants, de-greasers, and herbicides to streets and sidewalks.

16. Scrubs streets, sidewalks, and plazas with a broom or high-pressure water hose.

17. Picks up litter and puts debris into bags.

18. Cleans up illegal dumping sites, spills on city streets, and sites of accidents.

19. Removes litter and signs from poles and benches.

20. Operates motorized sidewalk sweepers to clean sidewalks.

21. Uses radio communication system or other communication devices.

22. Manages a tool room, distributing tools and tracking inventory.

23. Completes forms such as work orders, daily work or field reports, and/or accident report forms.

24. Drives a truck and/or car to work sites and follows route or other maps.

25. Prepare surfaces for painting; removes graffiti from public/private property using a computerized color matching program, soda blaster, and/or steam cleaner.


Knowledge of: safe work practices, and safety equipment.

Ability and Skill to: perform basic general labor procedures such as shoveling, trenching, grading, cribbing, lifting and carrying heavy materials; load and unload trucks, wheel barrows, etc.; break up pavement and concrete and assist in mixing and putting in sidewalks, streets, and pathways; take care of tools and equipment; wear appropriate forms of respiratory protection equipment; read, write, and follow oral and written instructions and complete simple reports; interact with co-workers, supervisors and the public in a polite and friendly manner; drive a car or truck to work sites and follow route or other maps; use pneumatic and hand tools such as air compressors, jack hammers, sand blasters, tampers, concrete saws, chipping guns, chainsaws, concrete mixers, water pumps, air hoses, shovels, pipe and crescent wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, crowbars, scoops, and hacksaws, etc.


These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.



Three (3) years (6000 hours) of journey-level experience as a general laborer in the construction field.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid Class C California driver license (must be maintained during employment).


Completion of a California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) or United States Department of Labor (DOL) approved apprentice construction laborer program may be substituted for the required experience.


Special Requirements: Physical strength, endurance, and dexterity to perform tasks such as lifting and/or handling materials and objects weighing up to 90 pounds, carrying such materials at least 50 feet, balancing 10-foot long pieces of lumber; sustained physical effort , frequently under adverse weather conditions and/or disagreeable working conditions, such as working on roads or streets in traffic or in cold or rain or being exposed to feces and urine, raw sewage, used syringes, toxic and hazardous materials, poison oak, poisonous snakes, and insects; and confined space entry.


To: 7215 General Laborer Supervisor


AMENDED DATE: 11/21/02; 06/03/16

REASON FOR AMENDMENT To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills & abilities, and minimum qualifications.


Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jan 06, 2024 (Y) $34.8875 $36.6125 $38.4875 $40.4125 $42.4125
Jul 01, 2023 (X) $34.1250 $35.8125 $37.6375 $39.5250 $41.4750
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $33.2875 $34.9375 $36.7250 $38.5625 $40.4625
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $31.6250 $33.2000 $34.8875 $36.6375 $38.4500
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $31.4625 $33.0375 $34.7125 $36.4500 $38.2625
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $30.4000 $31.9125 $33.5375 $35.2125 $36.9625
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $29.5125 $30.9875 $32.5625 $34.1875 $35.8875

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table