Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salary

Roughly three-fourths of Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $109K per year, and the average comes out to $72K annually. Total incomes of Commercial Construction Superintendents incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $48K and $109K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just over a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by around half. Work is enjoyable for Commercial Construction Superintendents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,278 - $103,633
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,719
10%
50%
90%

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$18.78 - $42.90
(Median)
$19
$28
$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
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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
$49,278 - $103,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,990  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,278  
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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$47,936 - $109,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,603
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.78 - $42.90  
   
Overtime
$24.16 - $59.50  
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 - $11,990  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,278  
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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$47,936 - $109,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 877
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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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For Commercial Construction Superintendents, progressing to a VP of Construction Management Operations role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Construction Management Operations can earn $124K annually. Commercial Construction Superintendents most often move into positions as Construction Superintendents or Construction Project Managers. Construction Superintendents actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Construction Project Managers earn $2K less per year than Commercial Construction Superintendents do.

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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


Survey results imply that Commercial Construction Superintendents deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 12 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Commercial Construction Superintendent generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Commercial Construction Superintendents in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Commercial Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Washington (+21 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (11 percent lower) and Orlando (10 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 25%

Budget Management
up arrow 14%



Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Project Coordinating
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Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Commercial
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Construction Estimating
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Contractor Management
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$72,000

Blueprints
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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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