General Contractor Salary

The average wage for a General Contractor is $29.76 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. A skill in Contractor Management is associated with high pay for this job.
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$31,857 - $117,865
$32K
$62K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,688
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90%

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$14.72 - $55.85
$15
$30
$56
MEDIAN: $29.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$31,857 - $117,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,252  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $59,696  
Commission
$14,998  
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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$31,211 - $121,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $55.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$11.85 - $67.59  
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 - $15,252  
   
Commission
$14,998  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $59,696  
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).
)
$31,211 - $121,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 715

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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

  • 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.
  • Make sure all government regulations are followed, proper permits are obtained, and required inspections carried out.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

Pay by Experience for a General Contractor has a positive trend. An entry-level General Contractor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Contractor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced General Contractor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 464 salaries. A General Contractor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 386 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,419

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Key Stats for General Contractor

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

▲22%

▲10%

National Average
$63,000

▼11%

▼31%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Contractor Management
▲30%

Operations Management
▲8%



construction
▲2%

National Average
$63,000

▼3%

▼17%

▼18%

framing
▼18%

▼24%


Cabinetry Installation
▼34%

Flooring Installation
▼34%

Drywall
▼39%

Painting
▼43%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 77%