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Construction Superintendent, Residential Salary (United States)

Residential Construction Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $55K per year on average but can range from $40K to $85K per year. Cash earnings for Residential Construction Superintendents — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $85K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although close to one-third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly two in five get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Construction Superintendent, Residential Salary (?
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$39,294 - $78,102
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MEDIAN: $55,070
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Construction Superintendent, Residential Salary (?
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$15.59 - $37.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,294 - $78,102  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,711  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $11,635  
Commission
$509 - $7,370  
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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$39,811 - $84,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 595
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $37.19  
   
Overtime
$4.93 - $46.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,711  
   
Commission
$509 - $7,370  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $11,635  
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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$39,811 - $84,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Construction Superintendent, Residential

A residential construction superintendent holds a managerial position that involves overseeing the construction of houses and major home renovation or remodeling jobs. This person works to ensure that buildings are created using proper procedures, according to design and development specifications, and in adherence with agreed-upon schedules and budgeting.
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Construction Superintendent, Residential Tasks
  • Manage, coordinate, and supervise subcontractors, keeping track of each group’s activities.
  • Schedule the completion of different phases of the project, making sure materials, labor, and equipment are available when needed.
  • Monitor the project to make sure it stays within budget, write and submit proposals for budget changes.
  • Oversee, direct, and coordinate all aspects of the completion of residential construction projects.
  • Communicate regularly with project owners, discussing project progress and answering questions.

Common Career Paths for Construction Superintendent, Residential

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While Residential Construction Superintendents do not often become Construction Managers, the job usually pays $73K per year. Typical career progression for a Residential Construction Superintendent involves becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Commercial Construction Superintendent, roles that pay $12K more and $10K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent, Residential

Residential Construction Superintendents usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Construction Estimating, Contractor Management, Scheduling, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Construction Estimating and Contractor Management. People who know Scheduling usually also know Contractor Management and Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Superintendent, Residential

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 $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. On average, Residential Construction Superintendents make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $66K. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 29 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 36 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 34 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$58,000
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For those looking to make money, Residential Construction Superintendents in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Residential Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Charlotte. Employers in Atlanta and Raleigh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent, Residential Salaries

National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent, Residential Salaries

Contractor Management
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National Average
$58,000
Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 34%