Construction Foreman Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Construction Foremans in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.35 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings of Construction Foremans can occasionally include $5K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $34K to almost $79K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and around one in three have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Construction Foremans, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$37,252 - $83,097
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,701
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$15.17 - $32.67
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,252 - $83,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,166  
Commission
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,318 - $79,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 949
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $32.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $18.32  
Overtime
$21.49 - $45.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,166  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,318 - $79,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,964
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Job Description for Construction Foreman

A construction foreperson supervises a construction crew. The construction may relate to the erection or repair of a building or and an infrastructure, such as a bridge. The foreperson will schedule work for the crew and may also be responsible for making proposals and obtaining new jobs. The foreperson will be expected to have construction experience. The foreperson will need to assist the crew wherever help is needed, including carrying out hard labor. The abilities to work in extreme temperatures, to work with hand and power tools, to stand and walk for a long period of time, and to lift heavy objects are essential. The foreperson may also work with designers and architects, in order to create blueprints and diagrams.

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Construction Foreman Tasks

  • Coordinate essential personnelon-site for the project.
  • Communicate and enforce all safety regulations.
  • Manage supplies, materials and equipment.
  • Plan, direct and budget activities concerned with the construction of structures, facilities or systems.
  • Read and interpret site plans, construction drawings and scopes of work.

Common Career Paths for Construction Foreman


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As Construction Foremans transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Managers earn $73K on average per year. It is quite typical for Construction Foremans to transition into roles as Construction Project Managers or Commercial Construction Superintendents, where reported median earnings are $18K and $18K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Construction Foreman


Construction Foremans report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Microsoft Excel, Welding, and Adobe Acrobat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Roofing Materials Installation and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in Blueprints also know Machine Operation and Contractor Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Foreman

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Construction Foremans, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Construction Foremans who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,668

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Foremans, 24 percent above the national average. Construction Foremans will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Baltimore (+13 percent). Construction Foremans in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Atlanta and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Construction Foreman Reviews

What is it like working as a Construction Foreman?

Construction Foreman in Grand Rapids:
"Construction."
Pros: I like being able to look back on my work and see what I've built. I also like the ability to move up quickly in the company.
Cons: I don't like how because of my young age people treat me like I don't know what I'm talking about or pay me less then someone else just because I am younger.

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Experience Affects Construction Foreman Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Construction Foreman Salaries


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Contractor Management
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Adobe Acrobat
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Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Word
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Blueprints
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$52,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 648 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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