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Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary

Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $71K per year on average but can range from $48K to $108K per year. In the world of Commercial Construction Superintendents, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and about one-half have dental, as well. The majority of Commercial Construction Superintendents claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,380 - $103,252
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,246
10%
50%
90%

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$18.85 - $42.60
(Median)
$19
$27
$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
$49,380 - $103,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,906  
Profit Sharing
$24.24 - $10,244  
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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$47,963 - $108,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,549
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.85 - $42.60  
   
Overtime
$24.40 - $59.13  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,906  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$24.24 - $10,244  
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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$47,963 - $108,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 874
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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 who go on to become VPs of Construction Management Operations may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Construction Management Operations is $124K annually. Many Commercial Construction Superintendents choose to become Construction Superintendents and Construction Project Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $4K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Employees of Skanska Usa Building Incorporated can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $98K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $34K to $174K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Commercial Construction Superintendents seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Microsoft Project, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Commercial Construction Superintendents — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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 $65K. For Commercial Construction Superintendents, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. As Commercial Construction Superintendents reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Commercial Construction Superintendents, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Commercial Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent less).

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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 26%



Budget Management
up arrow 7%


Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Contractor Management
up arrow 2%

Commercial
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
0%

National Average
$72,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 805 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: 37% employee benefits None: 23%
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