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Construction Superintendent Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and 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 $45K to $107K per year, and the average comes out to $70K annually. Total cash compensation for Construction Superintendents runs from $45K to $107K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-half. For the most part, Construction Superintendents enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$46,489 - $101,238
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MEDIAN: $70,124
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$17.06 - $42.69
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,489 - $101,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,833  
Profit Sharing
$488.90 - $9,985  
Commission
$0.00 - $12,300  
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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$45,345 - $106,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,288
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Hourly Rate
$17.06 - $42.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.42  
Overtime
$23.81 - $60.80  
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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
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,833  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $12,300  
Profit Sharing
$488.90 - $9,985  
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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$45,345 - $106,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 703
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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 tend not to experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Construction Project Manager. That job pays about the same on average. Many Construction Superintendents choose to become Commercial Construction Superintendents and Construction Project Managers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $1K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Construction Superintendent


Turner Construction Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $89K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $59K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $152K.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Construction Superintendents seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, Project, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. Most people experienced in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. On average, Construction Superintendents make $72K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Superintendents, 31 percent above the national average. Construction Superintendents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 8 percent below the national average. Miami and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$71,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



Microsoft Excel
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Project
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Job Scheduling
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Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Blueprints
0%

Contractor Management
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$71,000

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 777 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 23%