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. Overall incomes of Construction Foremans generally bottom out at around $34K and peak near $79K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about one in three claim dental coverage as well. Most Construction Foremans like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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 (?
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$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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Construction Foremans may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Manager, where median compensation is $73K annually. A common career progression for a Construction Foreman is to become a Construction Project Manager or a Commercial Construction Superintendent. Compared to Construction Foremans, the first group earns $18K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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Popular Skills for Construction Foreman


Construction Foremans report using a deep pool 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 pay less than market rate include Roofing Materials Installation and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with 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.


Construction Foremans with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. For Construction Foremans, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,668

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Construction Foremans, 24 percent higher than 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). Location significantly influences compensation, with San Antonio Construction Foremans earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (12 percent lower) and Tampa (8 percent lower).

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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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Blueprints
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Machine Operation
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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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