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Construction Foreman Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Construction Foremans in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.82 per hour. Total incomes of Construction Foremans incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $34K and $78K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although the greater part have medical coverage and about one in three have dental coverage, two in five claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Construction Foremans enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Construction Foreman Salary (?
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$35,712 - $82,655
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,925
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Construction Foreman Salary (?
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$14.93 - $32.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,712 - $82,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,881  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,787  
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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$33,828 - $77,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $32.04  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $45.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,881  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,787  
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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$33,828 - $77,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,269
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Job Description for Construction Foreman

A construction foreman works in offices and on the site of construction zones, overseeing work and making sure everything is up to code and is being built safely and correctly. This job requires a good eye for detail, management skills, organization, leadership and the ability to read blueprints.
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Construction Foremans who advance to upper-end positions like Construction Manager. Median pay for Construction Managers is $73K per year. Construction Project Managers or Commercial Construction Superintendents are common next-step roles for Construction Foremans moving up in their careers; annual pay for Construction Project Managers is $19K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Commercial Construction Superintendents.

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Popular Skills for Construction Foreman

Construction Foremans seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Welding, Contractor Management, Adobe Acrobat, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Blueprints also know Contractor Management and Machine Operation.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Foreman

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Construction Foremans, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During the first five years of their careers, Construction Foremans see a median income of $42K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. 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

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With a pay rate for Construction Foremans that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Foremans can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), New York (+23 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and San Diego (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 27 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (16 percent less) and Orlando (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Construction Foreman Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Construction Foreman Salaries

Welding
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Contractor Management
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Adobe Acrobat
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Blueprints
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Machine Operation
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$51,000
Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 477 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 41%