Construction Superintendent Salary

Construction Superintendents who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up approximately three in four of Construction Superintendents. Pay fluctuates from $46K to $107K per year, but expected earnings average $71K per year. Total incomes of Construction Superintendents incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $46K and $107K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Construction Superintendents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$47,411 - $101,651
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,786
10%
50%
90%

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$17.59 - $42.21
(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
$47,411 - $101,651  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,096  
Profit Sharing
$76.52 - $10,067  
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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$46,249 - $107,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,092
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
$17.59 - $42.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.49  
Overtime
$24.68 - $60.88  
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 - $12,096  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$76.52 - $10,067  
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).
)
$46,249 - $107,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 836
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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Construction Project Manager. On average, Construction Project Managers get paid about the same as Construction Superintendents do. Many Construction Superintendents go on to become Commercial Construction Superintendents or Construction Project Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Employees at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $74K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $63K and higher ones not far away at only $101K.

With a median salary of only $64K, D.R. Horton Incorporated pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $50K to $90K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Construction Superintendents seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. 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.


For Construction Superintendents, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. 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 $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Construction Superintendents, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Boston (+25 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Orlando and Miami 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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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



Project
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
0%

Contractor Management
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 839 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%
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