Assistant Project Manager, Construction Salary
Job Description for Assistant Project Manager, Construction
Assistant project managers in construction are responsible for communicating with people involved in a project (owners, vendors, subcontractors, etc.), and with a design team. Assistant project managers typically review plans and drawings, prepare estimates according to budgets, hold meetings and set and oversee construction schedules. People in this position might also write contracts. These managers work indoors and outdoors depending on the project. Some work (such as paperwork) might be done indoors, either in an established office or an "on-site" office, which is a designated area in the location of construction, such as a trailer that is set on-site for the duration of the project. Assistant project managers work with engineers, builders, owners and people who oversee the financial aspects of the project. They also work with safety personnel to ensure that such requirements are being legally met. While there is typically no specific school program for such positions, this is a demanding job that requires excellent communication skills and an ability to work effectively with and lead a team. A knowledge of software specific to various construction tasks is generally required. People in this type of position should be able to smoothly handle a variety of situations and problems that may arise--sometimes several at once--and either solve them or work with others involved in order to come to cooperative resolution. Being involved in construction often means that work takes place during times when traffic or certain populations are not around, but this is not always the case. So, assistant project managers must be able to do their work regardless what is happening around them. They might be required to work at night or during the day, any day of the week. The work is mental and may involve certain physical capabilities in an indoor or outdoor setting. They may be employed by small or large firms, and can handle everything from small to huge construction projects.
Assistant Project Manager, Construction Tasks
- Assist in estimating project scope and costs.
- Provide on site management of construction projects.
- Manage projects with subcontractors.
- Communicate with clients and subcontractors.
Common Career Paths for Assistant Project Manager, Construction
Assistant Project Managers of Construction do not often transition into Construction Senior Project Manager roles. The role averages $110K per year. Typical career progression for an Assistant Project Manager of Construction involves becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Construction Project Manager, roles that pay $16K more and $21K more on average.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Project Manager, Construction
Assistant Project Managers of Construction flock to Shawmut Design and Construction, Walsh Construction Co., Turner Construction Company, Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., and Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Tishman Construction — the median salary there is $87K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Archer Western Contractors, Ltd., M. A. Mortenson Company, and Walsh Construction Co., where earnings of $85K, $84K, or $83K are standard for Assistant Project Managers of Construction.
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Shawmut Design and Construction are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($57K, $62K, and $63K respectively).
Popular Skills for Assistant Project Manager, Construction
Assistant Project Managers of Construction report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Management, Contractor Management, Budget Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Project Manager, Construction
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. Assistant Project Managers of Construction with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $62K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Assistant Project Managers of Construction, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assistant Project Managers of Construction will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+33 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (4 percent less) and Atlanta (1 percent less).
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