General Contractor Salary (United States)

The average wage for a General Contractor is $26.00 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Carpentry and Construction Estimating.
General Contractor Total Pay (?
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$25,151 - $109,087
(Median)
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84K
110K
MEDIAN: $59,039
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General Contractor Total Pay (?
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$12.07 - $51.05
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,151 - $109,087  
   
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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$26,004 - $118,062  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 707
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $51.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.90  
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).
)
$26,004 - $118,062  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 707
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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

San Jose
up arrow 66%
Los Angeles
up arrow 59%
Houston
up arrow 28%
Miami
up arrow 26%
New York
up arrow 16%
Seattle
up arrow 16%
Portland
up arrow 12%
National Average
$60,000
Sacramento
up arrow 14%
Pittsburgh
up arrow 14%
San Diego
up arrow 22%
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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%
Experienced
up arrow 1%
National Average
$60,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Carpentry
up arrow 30%
National Average
$60,000
Plumbing
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 108 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: 27% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 72%
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