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General Contractor Salary

Men account for the majority of General Contractors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $28.55 per hour. Cash earnings for General Contractors — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $51K from profit sharing — stretch from around $27K to approximately $119K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Contractors. Roughly one in four enjoy medical while close to one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$25,365 - $110,766
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MEDIAN: $59,431
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$12.33 - $51.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,365 - $110,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,275  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $50,684  
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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$26,524 - $118,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $51.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.57  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,275  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $50,684  
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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$26,524 - $118,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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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Though unusual, some General Contractors transition into jobs as Construction Managers. Construction Managers make $73K per year on average. With an annual salary of $70K, Construction Project Manager is the most common role for General Contractors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Construction Contractor role — which usually pays $60K — is also typical for General Contractors, though less common by comparison.

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General Contractors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Carpentry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 64 percent, 30 percent, and 28 percent, respectively. Those listing Plumbing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


General Contractors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Contractors make a median salary of $61K. General Contractors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $77K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 64%

Contractor Management
up arrow 30%

Carpentry
up arrow 28%



National Average
$61,000

Plumbing
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 73%