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Construction Project Assistant Salary (United States)

For Construction Project Assistants, annual average wages total $42K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Female Construction Project Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Construction Project Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Construction Project Assistant Salary (?
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$32,076 - $55,947
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MEDIAN: $42,178
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Construction Project Assistant Salary (?
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$11.93 - $25.46
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,076 - $55,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,034  
Profit Sharing
$98.26 - $1,526  
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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$27,180 - $56,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $25.46  
   
Overtime
$19.44 - $38.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.26 - $1,526  
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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$27,180 - $56,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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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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As Construction Project Assistants make advancements in their career path to roles like Construction Project Manager, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Construction Project Managers will make $70K annually. Construction Project Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Assistant Project Managers of Construction or Construction Project Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Construction Project Assistant

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Project Coordinating, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Project are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Contract Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and AutoCAD also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Project Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Construction Project Assistants, 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 $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Construction Project Assistants see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $52K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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Construction Project Assistants will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Construction Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+5 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Construction Project Assistant Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Construction Project Assistant Salaries

Project Coordinating
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Project
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Project Management
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National Average
$41,000
Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Adobe Photoshop
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AutoCAD
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Contract Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 21%