Construction Flagger

Manage traffic through construction areas with flags and signs.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $41,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Construction Flaggers do?

In a construction zone, a Flagger is the person who uses different colored flags and hand signals to let traffic know when to go, stop, or slow down. Your job is to keep construction crews safe, and to let motorists know what area of the road is open for them to drive on.

Construction Flaggers are positioned at the start and end of construction zones of all kinds. You might be called out during general road construction, to help out in an emergency or to assist when the road needs to be cleared due to a bad storm or fallen power lines. You and another Construction Flagger stand at opposite ends of the stretch of highway where the work is taking place, and use signs to let drivers know where to go and what to expect. Oftentimes, Construction Flaggers work in areas where two-lane roads temporarily become one. In this case, you use a double-sided sign—a red stop on one side and a yellow slow on the other. You flip it accordingly, giving each direction a fair amount of time to travel along the same strip of road.

You wear some pretty funny outfits for this job, but they’re always designed for safety. Since you might have to work at night or on busy highways, you wear bright, reflective vests and helmets to keep yourself safe. You can also work in all types of weather, so you might find yourself rocking rain boots, a winter coat, or a t-shirt, depending on what the sky is doing that day.


Should I be a Construction Flagger?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Construction Flagger

    Construction Flaggers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Construction Flagger-related education!
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