Construction Superintendent Salary

The majority of Construction Superintendents in the United States — roughly three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $46K to $109K per year, and the median is $71K per year. Overall incomes of Construction Superintendents — including $13K bonuses, $10K profit sharing proceeds, and $49K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $46K and $109K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and approximately one-half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,774 - $102,842
(Median)
$48K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,375
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$17.74 - $43.93
(Median)
$18
$27
$44
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,774 - $102,842  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,518  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,983  
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
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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$46,404 - $108,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,071
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.74 - $43.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.46  
Overtime
$24.99 - $61.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,518  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,983  
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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$46,404 - $108,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,082
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Job Description for Construction Superintendent

A construction superintendent supervises every aspect of a building project, including by reporting on progress to owners, handling basic proposals, and managing contracts. Depending on the project, a construction superintendent also may assist in the physical aspect of construction. In addition, a person who holds this position must make sure that a particular project is within the parameters a set budget and relevant laws.

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Construction Superintendent 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


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Construction Superintendents tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Construction Project Manager. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Construction Superintendents most frequently advance into Commercial Construction Superintendent and Construction Project Manager roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $76K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $64K and maxing out at just $105K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — D.R. Horton Incorporated offers the lowest median salary at $63K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $49K and $95K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Survey takers working as Construction Superintendents report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, and Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Most people familiar with Blueprints also know Project Management and Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Superintendent

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $67K. Construction Superintendents bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Construction Superintendents who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,335

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

Relative to Construction Superintendents in the rest of the country, Construction Superintendents to the east in New York, Boston, and Washington see salaries beyond the national average. The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Project
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Job Scheduling
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Scheduling
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Blueprints
0%

Contractor Management
0%

National Average
$72,000

Construction Estimating
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Project Management
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 956 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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