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General Contractor Salary (United States)

Most General Contractors in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $26.15 per hour,. Total cash compensation to General Contractors approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $118K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $51K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly a fourth enjoy medical while nearly one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
General Contractor Salary (?
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$25,197 - $108,894
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MEDIAN: $59,152
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General Contractor Salary (?
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$12.10 - $50.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,197 - $108,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,027  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $50,932  
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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$26,031 - $117,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $50.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $50,932  
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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$26,031 - $117,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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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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General Contractors sometimes assume positions such as Construction Managers. That role typically pays $73K per year. More often, however, General Contractors go on to become Construction Project Managers or Construction Contractors.

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General Contractors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Sales, Carpentry, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 66 percent, 29 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Plumbing, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Employees educated in Construction Estimating are typically practiced in Project Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. General Contractors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $75K. General Contractors with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles
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Houston
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New York
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Portland
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National Average
$60,000
Sacramento
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Pittsburgh
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With a pay rate for General Contractors that is 66 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, and Seattle, where General Contractors annually earn 59 percent, 27 percent, 26 percent, and 18 percent more than the national average. General Contractors in San Diego earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Pittsburgh and Sacramento earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$60,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
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Carpentry
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National Average
$60,000
Plumbing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 73%