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Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary

Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $71K annually, but may range from $48K to $108K per year. Overall cash earnings for Commercial Construction Superintendents stretch from $48K on the lower end to $108K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,274 - $103,171
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,290
10%
50%
90%

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$18.77 - $42.66
(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
$49,274 - $103,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,801  
Profit Sharing
$25.76 - $10,209  
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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$47,834 - $108,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,525
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
$18.77 - $42.66  
   
Overtime
$24.27 - $59.41  
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 - $11,801  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$25.76 - $10,209  
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).
)
$47,834 - $108,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 866

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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 progress into high-paying roles like VP of Construction Management Operations, where median compensation is $124K annually. A Construction Project Manager role is the most common promotion for Commercial Construction Superintendents moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $70K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Commercial Construction Superintendents is a Construction Manager position, where earnings are usually $73K.

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Commercial Construction Superintendents seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, where the median salary comes to $98K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($34K) and those starting out ($174K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

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 26 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $65K. Commercial Construction Superintendents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and San Diego (+22 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando and Atlanta (9 percent lower).

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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%




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%

Budget 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 806 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
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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