The average wage for a General Contractor is $25.58 per hour. Experience strongly influences pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Carpentry, Construction Estimating, and Contractor Management.
General Contractor Total Pay (?
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$25,174 - $106,183
(Median)
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110K
MEDIAN: $58,524
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General Contractor Total Pay (?
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$12.08 - $50.73
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,174 - $106,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,562  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $50,036  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$26,077 - $116,291  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 635
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $50.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,562  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $50,036  
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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$26,077 - $116,291  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 635
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
Los Angeles
up arrow 47%
Houston
up arrow 26%
Seattle
up arrow 21%
Sacramento
up arrow 9%
New York
up arrow 4%
Portland
up arrow 3%
National Average
$59,000
San Diego
up arrow 25%
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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 2%
National Average
$59,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Carpentry
up arrow 23%
Contractor Management
up arrow 19%
Remodeling
up arrow 9%
National Average
$59,000
Carpenter
up arrow 23%
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Gender
Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
35%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 71%
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