Construction Superintendent Salary

With roughly three-fourths of Construction Superintendents in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $46K to $109K per year and averages out to $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 residence, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. The majority of Construction Superintendents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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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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 (?
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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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As Construction Superintendents make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Construction Project Manager position pays around the same amount as the Construction Superintendent job on average. A lot of Construction Superintendents advance their careers by becoming Commercial Construction Superintendents and Construction Project Managers. However, those positions offer $3K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $76K, though there is little variation overall ($64K to $105K).

For Construction Superintendents, below-average salaries can be found at D.R. Horton Incorporated; in fact, average earnings are around $63K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($49K versus $95K) is great.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Construction Superintendents seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 experienced in 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.


For Construction Superintendents, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Construction Superintendents with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers 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. Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Orlando (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
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
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Blueprints
0%

Contractor Management
0%

National Average
$72,000

Construction Estimating
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

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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