Men account for the majority of Construction Foremans in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.66 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Construction Foremans can bottom out near $35K or peak near $81K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Most Construction Foremans like their work and job satisfaction is high. Just over two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, slightly more than half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,391 - $82,819
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,632
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90%

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$15.39 - $33.41
(Median)
$15
$22
$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
$38,391 - $82,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,181  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,000  
Commission
$1,250  
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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$34,856 - $80,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 851
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.39 - $33.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $11.79  
Overtime
$21.81 - $45.20  
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 - $5,181  
   
Commission
$1,250  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$34,856 - $80,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,792
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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.

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At the upper end, Construction Foremans who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $75K 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 $18K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Commercial Construction Superintendents.

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Survey results imply that Construction Foremans deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Welding, Construction Estimating, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 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 Project Management 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Construction Foremans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Construction Foreman with more than 20 years of experience can earn $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,050

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For Construction Foremans, Boston provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Construction Foremans can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Baltimore (+13 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Tampa (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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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


Welding
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Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
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Project Management
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People Management
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Contractor Management
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Machine Operation
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Team Leadership
0%

Project
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$52,000

Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 585 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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