Construction Superintendent Salary

Construction Superintendents in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little under three-quarters of Construction Superintendents. Salaries average out to around $74K per year and spread from $48K to $114K per year. Total cash earnings of Construction Superintendents range from $48K on the low end to $114K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of Construction Superintendents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,390 - $109,548
$49K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,906
10%
50%
90%

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$17.93 - $45.74
$18
$28
$46
MEDIAN: $27.74
10%
50%
90%

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$0$114K
Salary $49,390 - $109,548
Bonus $197.02 - $14,702
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,013
Commission $1,014 - $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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$48,187 - $114,171
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,025
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $17.93 - $45.74
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $25.42 - $61.70
Annual Data $0$114K
Bonus $197.02 - $14,702
Commission $1,014 - $49,316
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,013
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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$48,187 - $114,171
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,053

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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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Construction Superintendents may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Construction Project Manager. Construction Project Managers on average make about as much as Construction Superintendents do. A lot of Construction Superintendents advance their careers by becoming Commercial Construction Superintendents and Construction Project Managers. However, those positions offer $4K less and $4K less per year on average.

Construction Superintendent Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


The biggest paychecks can be found at Turner Construction Company — the median salary there is $97K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is D.R. Horton Incorporated, where the median salary is just $68K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $49K to $96K.

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 4 percent and 11 percent. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know 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: $74,169

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

For those looking to make money, Construction Superintendents in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent), Chicago (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Phoenix and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Construction Superintendent Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Construction Superintendent?

Construction Superintendent in Florida:
"Stressful."
Pros: Every job is different hours.
Cons: Long hours.

Construction Superintendent in Denver:
"Awsome place to work."
Pros: Seeing the work finished.
Cons: Nothing bad really.

Construction Superintendent in San Diego:
Pros: Scheduling other trades to be able to push the schedule.
Cons: Sitting around doing nothing and not being able to go home even when there is no work to do. Or being able to do work from home but needing to go in to work instead to do an hours worth of work and stare at the wall the rest of the time.

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Key Stats for Construction Superintendent

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 825 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 825 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

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: 41%
no benefits
None: 27%
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