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Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary (United States)

Around three in four of Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $47K to $107K per year, but median earnings come to around $71K annually. In the world of Commercial Construction Superintendents, total cash compensation can vary between $47K and $107K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $11K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary (?
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$48,735 - $101,505
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MEDIAN: $70,516
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Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary (?
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$18.64 - $43.05
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,735 - $101,505  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,243  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $10,033  
Commission
$0.00 - $48,479  
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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$47,127 - $106,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.64 - $43.05  
   
Overtime
$24.46 - $60.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,243  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,479  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $10,033  
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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$47,127 - $106,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 838
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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.

Common Career Paths for Construction Superintendent, Commercial

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Commercial Construction Superintendents may go on to top-notch roles like VP of Construction Management Operations, where median pay is $124K annually. The most common promotion for Commercial Construction Superintendents is a Construction Project Manager position, which usually brings in $70K a year. Another standard transition for Commercial Construction Superintendents seeking advancement is to assume a Construction Manager role, where pay is often $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent, Commercial

The smallest paychecks can be found at Turner Construction Company — the median salary there is $87K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $65K and $120K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Commercial

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with People Management, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in 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.
Commercial Construction Superintendents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $55K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. Commercial Construction Superintendents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $80K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Commercial Construction Superintendents, 41 percent above the national average. Commercial Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+28 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and San Diego (+21 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (7 percent lower) and Denver (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salaries

People Management
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Project Coordinating
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Scheduling
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Job Scheduling
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Contractor Management
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Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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National Average
$71,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 795 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 22%