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Construction Superintendent Salary

About three-fourths of Construction Superintendents in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $107K per year, and the average comes out to $71K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Construction Superintendents. Ranging between $46K near the bottom and $107K near the top, total earnings can include up to $12K from bonuses and up to $10K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $49K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Superintendents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$47,254 - $101,723
(Median)
$47K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,837
10%
50%
90%

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$17.47 - $42.85
(Median)
$17
$27
$43
MEDIAN: $26.00
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
$47,254 - $101,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,004  
Profit Sharing
$402.38 - $10,130  
Commission
$0.00 - $48,936  
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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$46,025 - $107,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,767
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
$17.47 - $42.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.42  
Overtime
$24.51 - $60.77  
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 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$402.38 - $10,130  
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).
)
$46,025 - $107,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 775

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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 make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Construction Project Manager position pays around the same amount as the Construction Superintendent job on average. A lot of Construction Superintendents advance their careers by becoming Commercial Construction Superintendents and Construction Project Managers. However, those positions offer $3K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Pay for Construction Superintendents is best at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., which offers a median salary of $73K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $63K to $102K.

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, Project, Adobe Acrobat, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. Construction Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Construction Superintendents, New York offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+27 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+18 percent). In Miami, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Phoenix and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Scheduling
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Safety Compliance
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Job Scheduling
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Contractor Management
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$72,000

Blueprints
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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 853 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
33%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%