Construction Superintendent Salary

Construction Superintendents in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent around three in four of Construction Superintendents. Salaries average out to around $71K annually and spread from $46K to $107K per year. Final cash compensation to Construction Superintendents varies from around $46K to approximately $107K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $10K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Construction Superintendents, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and one-half get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,380 - $101,636
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,770
10%
50%
90%

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$17.61 - $42.28
(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
$47,380 - $101,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,094  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $10,056  
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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$46,202 - $107,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,140
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
$17.61 - $42.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.49  
Overtime
$24.72 - $61.01  
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 - $12,094  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$62.50 - $10,056  
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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$46,202 - $107,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 842
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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 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


With a median salary of $74K, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. offers Construction Superintendents the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $63K and are capped at $101K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $90K, D.R. Horton Incorporated still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $64K, the lowest in the field.

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 between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent 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.


Construction Superintendents with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Construction Superintendents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Construction Superintendents, New York provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Chicago (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (5 percent lower) and Miami (4 percent lower).

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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 840 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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