Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary
Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $74K annually on average but can range from $49K to $114K per year. Cash earnings for Commercial Construction Superintendents — which occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $114K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Commercial Construction Superintendents is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Construction Superintendent, Commercial
A commercial construction superintendent manages day-to-day construction operations in the commercial industry, which includes building and renovating for retail, food service, and office industries. The superintendent spends much of the day communicating with clients on the status of their construction projects and communicating with architects on design status and efficacy.Read More...
A commercial construction superintendent must have excellent organizational skills, since they often subcontract specific job sites to other contractors and maintaining oversight of these subcontracts to ensure they occur smoothly and safely. The commercial construction superintendent also manages much of the projects' accounting, including expenses and payroll, to maximize efficiency.
While some form of formal education may be required for commercial construction superintendents, substantial previous experience in supervisory construction positions is important. In addition, a commercial construction superintendent must have exemplary communication skills, as they will be contacting subcontractors, clients, and construction laborers on a daily basis.
Construction Superintendent, Commercial Tasks
- Plan, coordinate and schedule construction projects.
- Is responsible for the quality of work and for keeping the project on time and within budget.
- Is the sole person in supervision over the construction workers.
Common Career Paths for Construction Superintendent, Commercial
At the upper end, Commercial Construction Superintendents who move into a General Superintendent role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for General Superintendents is a much higher $101K per year. Many Commercial Construction Superintendents advance into roles as Construction Superintendents or Construction Project Managers, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $4K lower, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent, Commercial
Commercial Construction Superintendents fill the offices of leading firms Turner Construction Company, Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, Gilbane, Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., and Structuretone, Inc. Those at Balfour Beatty can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $119K. Commercial Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries at The Clark Construction Group Inc., LLC (+$115K), Jr Abbott (+$108K), and Skanska Usa Building Incorporated (+$98K).
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wespac Construction at $72K, and Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc. where $85K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Commercial Construction Superintendents there earn up to $121K.
Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Commercial
Commercial Construction Superintendents report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Construction Estimating, Budget Management, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Blueprints also know Contractor Management and Project Coordinating.
Pay by Experience Level for Construction Superintendent, Commercial
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Commercial Construction Superintendents, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $68K. Commercial Construction Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $75K. Commercial Construction Superintendents who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $83K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Commercial Construction Superintendents that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Commercial Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).
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