General Contractor Salary

A sizeable majority of General Contractors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $29.82 per hour. In the world of General Contractors, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $120K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $50K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Roughly a fourth enjoy medical while close to a tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one-tenth. Work is enjoyable for General Contractors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,577 - $110,889
(Median)
$27K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $59,738
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$13.37 - $54.48
(Median)
$13
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $29.00
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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
$26,577 - $110,889  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,659  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $50,147  
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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$28,962 - $119,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $54.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.53  
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 - $11,659  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $50,147  
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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$28,962 - $119,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 590
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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 it's uncommon, some General Contractors move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $74K per year. The most common next step for a General Contractor is to become a Construction Project Manager or a Construction Superintendent. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent, 29 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Plumbing and ELECTRICAL as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is not unusual for someone who knows Construction Estimating to be familiar with Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of General Contractors. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $57K. General Contractors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $80K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 61%

Contractor Management
up arrow 29%



Carpentry
up arrow 8%

Kitchen/Bath
0%

National Average
$62,000

Carpenter
up arrow 1%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 18%

Plumbing
up arrow 22%

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
38%

Common Health Benefits

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