Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary

Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three in four of Commercial Construction Superintendents. Salaries average out to around $72K per year and spread from $48K to $109K per year. Final cash compensation to Commercial Construction Superintendents varies from around $48K to approximately $109K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by around half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Commercial Construction Superintendents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$49,330 - $103,710
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,741
10%
50%
90%

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$18.79 - $42.89
(Median)
$19
$28
$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$49,330 - $103,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,070  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,310  
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
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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$48,023 - $109,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,620
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.79 - $42.89  
   
Overtime
$24.13 - $59.36  
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 - $12,070  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,310  
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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$48,023 - $109,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 878
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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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At the upper end, Commercial Construction Superintendents who move into a VP of Construction Management Operations role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Construction Management Operations is a much higher $124K per year. Commercial Construction Superintendents most often move into Construction Superintendent or Construction Project Manager roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Although Skanska Usa Building Incorporated heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $98K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $34K to $174K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Commercial Construction Superintendents seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Budget Management, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 14 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Most people 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.


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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Commercial Construction Superintendents, New York provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Commercial Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+29 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Washington (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Atlanta and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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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
$72,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salaries

People Management
up arrow 25%




Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Commercial
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Contractor Management
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$72,000

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 798 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%
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