Construction Superintendent Salary

Construction Superintendents who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little under three-quarters of Construction Superintendents. Pay fluctuates from $48K to $112K per year, but expected earnings average $73K annually. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Construction Superintendents spread between $48K and $112K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,978 - $107,602
$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,218
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50%
90%

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$17.89 - $45.30
$18
$28
$45
MEDIAN: $27.71
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,978 - $107,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,117  
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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$47,777 - $112,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,995
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.89 - $45.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.26  
Overtime
$25.26 - $62.37  
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 - $14,681  
   
Commission
$8,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,117  
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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$47,777 - $112,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,029
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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 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. Construction Superintendents most often move into Commercial Construction Superintendent or Construction Project Manager roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Construction Superintendents flock to Turner Construction Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $97K lead the pack in compensation.

Offering only $68K on average, D.R. Horton Incorporated seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $49K on the lower end and $96K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Survey results imply that Construction Superintendents deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $57K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $70K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction Superintendents make a median salary of $76K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Construction Superintendent with more than 20 years of experience can earn $82K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,722

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

With a pay rate for Construction Superintendents that is 39 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Chicago (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Seattle (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Phoenix and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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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 666 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%

▲3%

National Average
$74,000

▼5%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 666 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: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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