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Construction Superintendent Salary

The majority of Construction Superintendents in the United States — about three in four — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $46K to $107K per year, and the median is $71K annually. In the world of Construction Superintendents, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $46K and $107K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about one-half. The majority of Construction Superintendents claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$47,085 - $101,797
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,797
10%
50%
90%

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$17.59 - $42.36
(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
$47,085 - $101,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,004  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $10,094  
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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$46,051 - $107,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,930
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 - $42.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.49  
Overtime
$24.54 - $61.12  
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 - $12,004  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $10,094  
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).
)
$46,051 - $107,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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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 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. Many Construction Superintendents advance into roles as Commercial Construction Superintendents or Construction Project Managers, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Salary cannot be beat at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., where median pay comes to $74K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $63K, and the higher end is not far away at $102K.

D.R. Horton Incorporated seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $63K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $49K and $91K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Survey takers working as Construction Superintendents report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, Project, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know 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.


Construction Superintendents do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Construction Superintendents, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Boston (+27 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Employers in Orlando and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 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%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

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 849 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
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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