Construction Project Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $19.82 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Construction Project Assistants who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,265 - $62,164
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$34K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,822
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$14.29 - $25.95
(Median)
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,265 - $62,164  
   
Bonus
$253.42 - $5,425  
Profit Sharing
$2,064  
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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$31,211 - $60,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $25.95  
   
Overtime
$17.68 - $49.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$253.42 - $5,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,064  
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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$31,211 - $60,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Construction Project Assistant

The construction project assistant develops schedules for particular projects being performed by their company. This person does not work on the labor end of construction, but is one of the planners of the project. The construction project assistant communicates with clients regularly, responding to inquiries and answering questions. Additionally, the assistant manages documents such as subcontractor requisitions, vendor invoices, and project activities. Much of the assistant's work is performed inside an office, but occasionally this worker meets with clients outside of their office. Sometimes, the construction project assistant travels to the construction work site to check on the progress of projects, since reporting and presenting progress reports is also his or her duty.

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Construction Project Assistant Tasks

  • Ensure that projects are completed on schedule and within budget.
  • Communicate with clients.
  • Communicate and manage projects with subcontractors.
  • Maintain documentation related to budget, scheduling, and other aspects of construction projects.

Common Career Paths for Construction Project Assistant


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Many Construction Project Assistants move into a Construction Project Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $70K per year. When Construction Project Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Assistant Project Managers of Construction or Construction Project Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Construction Project Assistant


Construction Project Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Coordinating, Microsoft Excel, Contractor Management, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Contract Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Microsoft Office and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Project Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $44K. On average, Construction Project Assistants make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Construction Project Assistant Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Construction Project Assistant Salaries

Project Coordinating
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Contractor Management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Project
up arrow 5%


Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%


AutoCAD
up arrow 18%

Contract Management
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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