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Construction Foreman Salary

Male Construction Foremans number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.90 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to Construction Foremans approaches anywhere from $34K on the lower end to $78K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Construction Foremans like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although just over two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and close to a third get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,120 - $83,364
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,017
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$15.04 - $32.01
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,120 - $83,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,936  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$33,940 - $78,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 777
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $32.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.96  
Overtime
$21.18 - $45.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$33,940 - $78,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,430
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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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For Construction Foremans, progressing to a Construction Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Manager can earn $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 $19K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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Popular Skills for Construction Foreman


Survey takers working as Construction Foremans report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Welding, Adobe Acrobat, Contractor Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Roofing Materials Installation. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in 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 Construction Foremans, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Construction Foremans in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $43K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $47K. Construction Foremans with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Construction Foremans who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Construction Foremans, 25 percent higher than the national average. Construction Foremans can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+23 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Construction Foremans in San Antonio take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Machine Operation
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Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Word
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Project
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Project Management
0%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
0%

National Average
$51,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 535 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 42%
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