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Construction Superintendent Salary

With approximately three in four of Construction Superintendents in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Construction Superintendents is $71K per year and can range from $46K on the lower end to $107K per year near the higher end. The final incomes of Construction Superintendents generally vary between $46K and $107K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $12K, $10K, and $49K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Superintendents. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,063 - $101,768
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,814
10%
50%
90%

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$17.54 - $42.30
(Median)
$18
$27
$42
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
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
$47,063 - $101,768  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,962  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $10,074  
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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$46,034 - $107,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,871
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.54 - $42.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.49  
Overtime
$24.41 - $60.80  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,962  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $10,074  
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).
)
$46,034 - $107,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 794

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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


Pay for Construction Superintendents is best at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., which offers a median salary of $74K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $63K to $102K.

Offering a median salary of only $63K, D.R. Horton Incorporated pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $49K to $91K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Construction Superintendents seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, Project, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $73K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Construction Superintendents, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Employers in Orlando and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
0%

Contractor Management
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$72,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 850 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%
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