Construction Superintendent Salary
Construction Superintendents in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $111K per year, median earnings come to $73K annually. Total cash earnings of Construction Superintendents range from $48K on the low end to $111K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Work is enjoyable for Construction Superintendents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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.Read More...
Construction superintendents' hours can be somewhat irregular, since they must be available throughout the durations of any given project. In most cases, superintendents work long hours and on the weekends.
Many construction superintendents have already worked within their company for an extended period of time. Experience in construction, especially in a supervisory role, is essential. Though a college degree is not required, it can help an individual gain deep knowledge that can come in handy while on the job. Superintendents also may obtain a license or become registered with a local building authority.
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
Construction Superintendents sometimes move into a Construction Project Manager role, where the salary is similar. 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 $3K less.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $90K.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $97K, D.R. Horton Incorporated still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $67K, the lowest in the field.
Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Project, Project, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Most people familiar with Blueprints also 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.
For Construction Superintendents, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $82K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Construction Superintendents, Boston provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+33 percent), New York (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Washington (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Phoenix and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
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