Construction Superintendent Salary

More than two-thirds of Construction Superintendents in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $113K per year, but median earnings come to around $73K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Construction Superintendents spread between $48K and $113K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,012 - $108,361
$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,400
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50%
90%

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$17.94 - $45.42
$18
$28
$45
MEDIAN: $27.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,012 - $108,361  
   
Bonus
$99.75 - $14,767  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,101  
Commission
$8,000  
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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$47,874 - $113,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.94 - $45.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.36  
Overtime
$25.57 - $62.09  
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
$99.75 - $14,767  
   
Commission
$8,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,101  
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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$47,874 - $113,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,079

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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

  • Plan, coordinate and schedule construction projects.
  • Is responsible for the quality of work and for keeping the project on time and within budget.
  • Is the sole person in supervision over the construction workers.

Common Career Paths for Construction Superintendent


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As Construction Superintendents transition into upper-level roles like Construction Project Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Construction Project Managers earn the same amount as Construction Superintendents on average. Construction Superintendents most often advance into Commercial Construction Superintendent and Construction Project Manager positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Those at Turner Construction Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $96K, D.R. Horton Incorporated still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $68K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, Project, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Those proficient in Blueprints are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for Construction Superintendent

Pay by Experience for a Construction Superintendent has a positive trend. An entry-level Construction Superintendent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 981 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Construction Superintendent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 1,059 salaries. An experienced Construction Superintendent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 2,116 salaries. A Construction Superintendent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 2,116 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,844

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Superintendents, 39 percent above the national average. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Seattle (+20 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Phoenix and Orlando earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 5 percent.

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Key Stats for Construction Superintendent

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 748 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$74,000

▼5%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 748 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 27%
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