Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary

Commercial Construction Superintendents who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than three-fourths of Commercial Construction Superintendents. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $110K per year, but expected earnings average $73K per year. Total cash earnings of Commercial Construction Superintendents range from $49K on the low end to $110K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Most Commercial Construction Superintendents report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,730 - $105,531
(Median)
$50K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,605
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50%
90%

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$19.04 - $43.03
(Median)
$19
$28
$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,730 - $105,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,033  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,229  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$48,590 - $110,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,801
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.04 - $43.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$24.83 - $59.59  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,033  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,229  
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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$48,590 - $110,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 965
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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.

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Construction Superintendent, Commercial Tasks

  • Is the sole person in supervision over the construction workers.
  • Is responsible for the quality of work and for keeping the project on time and within budget.
  • Plan, coordinate and schedule construction projects.

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Commercial Construction Superintendents' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Construction Management Operations. The average VP of Construction Management Operations brings home $125K per year. Commercial Construction Superintendents most often advance into Construction Superintendent and Construction Project Manager positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Many Commercial Construction Superintendents can be found at Turner Construction Company, Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., Structuretone, Inc., and Gilbane, firms that are at the top of the field. Commercial Construction Superintendents flock to Jr Abbott for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $108K lead the pack in compensation. Other big spenders include Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, Core Construction, and Structuretone, Inc., top-paying firms where Commercial Construction Superintendents see paychecks nearing $98K, $97K, or $96K.

Other low-paying employers include Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc. at $78K and Turner Construction Company at $86K, though some Commercial Construction Superintendents there earn up to $129K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Commercial Construction Superintendents seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Budget Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Operations Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. Commercial Construction Superintendents see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $81K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,755

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Commercial Construction Superintendents, New York provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Commercial Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), and Washington (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Atlanta (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Construction Superintendent, Commercial Reviews

What is it like working as a Construction Superintendent, Commercial?

Construction Superintendent, Commercial in Atlanta:
"Head on a swivel at all times, Responsible for all people on."
Pros: Learning how to build certain things and meeting new people.
Cons: Not time in the day to complete your work. Always busy and responsible for someone or something.

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salaries



National Average
$73,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salaries




Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Contractor Management
up arrow 1%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$73,000

Commercial
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 835 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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