Construction Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $73K per year on average but can range from $48K to $110K per year. In the world of Construction Superintendents, overall income ranges from $48K near the bottom to $110K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$48,970 - $105,872
(Median)
$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,859
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$17.69 - $44.71
(Median)
$18
$27
$45
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,970 - $105,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,647  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,975  
Commission
$14,000  
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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$47,540 - $110,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $44.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$25.25 - $59.32  
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 - $14,647  
   
Commission
$14,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,975  
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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$47,540 - $110,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
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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. Many Construction Superintendents advance into roles as Commercial Construction Superintendents or Construction Project Managers, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $103K.

Offering a median of only $65K, D.R. Horton Incorporated pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $48K on the lower end and $98K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Construction Superintendent


Construction Superintendents seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Project, Project, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. Construction Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $75K. Construction Superintendents who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,221

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Construction Superintendents in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Construction Superintendents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Washington (+23 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Charlotte (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Construction Superintendent Salaries



National Average
$73,000



Skills That Affect Construction Superintendent Salaries



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Microsoft Excel
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Safety Compliance
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Contractor Management
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Scheduling
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Construction Estimating
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Blueprints
0%

Job Scheduling
0%

National Average
$73,000

Project Management
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Construction Site Inspection
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 693 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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