General Contractor Salary

The average wage for a General Contractor is $29.79 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Sales, Contractor Management, Construction Estimating, and Project Management.
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$26,401 - $111,250

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$13.45 - $54.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,401 - $111,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,016  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $49,328  
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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$29,008 - $119,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $54.03  
   
Overtime
$-0.48 - $59.41  
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 - $12,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $49,328  
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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$29,008 - $119,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 598
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Job Description for General Contractor

A general contractor oversees a variety of construction projects. Normally, the contractor is called in when someone wants to create a new building for business or residential purposes; however, contractors may also work in remodeling and renovation of existing structures as well. The general contractor assesses the work to be done and directs various construction crews to accomplish these tasks.

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General Contractor Tasks

  • Monitor project progress to ensure it stays on time and within budget.
  • Negotiate contract terms with clients and work with clients and architects to create project plans.
  • Make sure all government regulations are followed, proper permits are obtained, and required inspections carried out.
  • Generate cost estimates for labor, materials, equipment, and permits necessary to complete a project.
  • Plan and manage a construction project, coordinating labor, materials, and equipment, hire and supervise subcontractors.

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Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries



National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 60%

Contractor Management
up arrow 28%



Carpentry
up arrow 8%

Carpenter
0%

Kitchen/Bath
0%

National Average
$62,000

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 17%

Plumbing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 75%
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