Construction Superintendent Salary

Construction Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $71K per year on average but can range from $46K to $107K per year. Total cash compensation to Construction Superintendents bottoms out near $46K and approaches $107K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly more than a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,492 - $101,847

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$17.65 - $41.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,492 - $101,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,898  
Profit Sharing
$48.72 - $10,137  
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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$46,312 - $107,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.65 - $41.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.45  
Overtime
$24.79 - $60.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,898  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$48.72 - $10,137  
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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$46,312 - $107,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 853
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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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As Construction Superintendents transition into upper-level roles like Construction Project Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Construction Project Managers earn the same amount as Construction Superintendents on average. 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 $101K.

Offering a median salary of only $64K, D.R. Horton Incorporated pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $50K to $90K is pretty narrow, too.

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 Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction Superintendents make a median salary of $73K. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Construction Superintendents, New York offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), San Diego (+21 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Orlando and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Scheduling
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Microsoft Word
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Scheduling
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Blueprints
0%

Contractor Management
0%

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$72,000

Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 844 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
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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