Commercial Construction Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $74K annually on average but can range from $49K to $114K per year. Overall cash earnings for Commercial Construction Superintendents stretch from $49K on the lower end to $114K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $14K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,137 - $110,101
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$50K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,195
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$18.56 - $42.52
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$19
$28
$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,137 - $110,101  
   
Bonus
$289.73 - $14,487  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,081  
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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$48,725 - $113,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,874
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.56 - $42.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.82  
Overtime
$24.44 - $56.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$289.73 - $14,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,081  
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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$48,725 - $113,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 719
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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 transition into a VP of Construction Management Operations role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $125K per year. A lot of Commercial Construction Superintendents advance their careers by becoming Construction Superintendents and Construction Project Managers. However, those positions offer $5K less and $4K less per year on average.

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Commercial Construction Superintendents, Turner Construction Company, Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, Gilbane, Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., and Structuretone, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Balfour Beatty offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $137K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Jr Abbott, Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, and Core Construction, where Commercial Construction Superintendents typically earn around $108K, $98K, or $97K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wespac Construction at $72K, and Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc. where $85K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Commercial Construction Superintendents there earn up to $121K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Commercial


Commercial Construction Superintendents seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Construction Estimating, Budget Management, and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Blueprints are, more often than not, 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $67K. Commercial Construction Superintendents see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Commercial Construction Superintendents with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,047

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Commercial Construction Superintendents in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Commercial Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Atlanta (10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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
$74,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent, Commercial Salaries




Contractor Management
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Job Scheduling
0%

Project Coordinating
0%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$74,000

Safety Compliance
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Project Management
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Commercial
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Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Operations Management
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 574 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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