Construction Project Assistant Salary (United States)

A typical Construction Project Assistant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40,305 annually. Pay ranges from $26,915 on the low end to $55,797 per year on the higher side. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although 21 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Construction Project Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Construction Project Assistant Salary (?
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$31,615 - $55,765
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $41,811
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Construction Project Assistant Salary (?
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$11.94 - $25.14
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,615 - $55,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $1,474  
Total Pay (?
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$26,915 - $55,797  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $25.14  
   
Overtime
$19.71 - $38.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $1,474  
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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$26,915 - $55,797  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $30K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Construction Project Manager. When Construction Project Assistants are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Assistant Construction Project Managers or Construction Project Engineers, where they can expect an additional $8,635 or $16,321 per year.

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Popular Skills for Construction Project Assistant

Construction Project Assistants report exploiting a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Coordinating, Contractor Management, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Contract Management, Windows Operating System General Use, and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Word and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Project Assistant

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Construction Project Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Starting out, salaries fall in the $36K range but grow to $42K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $46K. Construction Project Assistants experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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Construction Project Assistants will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Construction Project Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+7 percent). In Dallas, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Construction Project Assistant Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Construction Project Assistant Salaries

Project Coordinating
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Project Management
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Project
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National Average
$40,000
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 71 votes.

Gender

Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 21%
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