Construction Foreman Salary

Men make up the majority of Construction Foremans in the United States, bringing in about $20.98 per hour. Final cash compensation to Construction Foremans varies from around $34K to approximately $78K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $5K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — more than two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by one in three. Work is enjoyable for Construction Foremans, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,293 - $82,951
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,351
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$15.07 - $31.92
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$36,293 - $82,951  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,463  
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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$34,186 - $78,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 817
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $31.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.79  
Overtime
$21.24 - $45.20  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,916  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,463  
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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$34,186 - $78,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,522
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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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At the upper end, Construction Foremans who move into a Construction Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Managers is a much higher $73K per year. Typical career progression for a Construction Foreman involves becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Commercial Construction Superintendent, roles that pay $19K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Construction Foreman


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Welding, Windows Operating System General Use, Adobe Acrobat, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Roofing Materials Installation. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent in Machine Operation and Contractor Management. The majority of those who know Project Management 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.


Construction Foremans with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During the first five years of their careers, Construction Foremans see a median income of $43K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction Foremans make a median salary of $52K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Construction Foremans with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Construction Foremans in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Construction Foremans will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Construction Foremans in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Orlando (17 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

up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Contractor Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Adobe Acrobat
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Project
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Machine Operation
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
0%

National Average
$51,000

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 543 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
41%
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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