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General Contractor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, General Contractors earn an average of $29.36 per hour. In the world of General Contractors, total cash compensation can vary between $28K and $121K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $50K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in four, and about a tenth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,401 - $111,075
(Median)
$26K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $59,909
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$12.82 - $54.82
(Median)
$13
$29
$55
MEDIAN: $29.00
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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
$26,401 - $111,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,936  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $50,338  
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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$28,034 - $121,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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
$12.82 - $54.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.85  
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 - $11,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $50,338  
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).
)
$28,034 - $121,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 538

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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.

Common Career Paths for General Contractor


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At the upper end, General Contractors who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $75K per year. Going from General Contractor to Construction Project Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $70K. Many others choose to work as Construction Contractors, where pay is typically $60K.

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General Contractors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 62 percent, 28 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Plumbing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Experience with Construction Estimating is often linked with knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $57K. General Contractors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $79K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 62%

Contractor Management
up arrow 28%



Carpentry
up arrow 3%

National Average
$62,000

Plumbing
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 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
31%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 74%
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