General Contractor Salary

Men account for the majority of General Contractors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $30.07 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $50K, respectively — total cash payment to General Contractors can bottom out near $30K or peak near $122K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. One in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in ten collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,767 - $115,784
(Median)
$30K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,068
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$13.70 - $55.90
(Median)
$14
$30
$56
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,767 - $115,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,725  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $50,421  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$30,041 - $121,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $55.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51  
Overtime
$10.88 - $60.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,725  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $50,421  
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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$30,041 - $121,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across General Contractors who move on to become Construction Project Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $75K. Typical career progression for a General Contractor involves becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Construction Superintendent, roles that pay $6K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for General Contractor


Survey results imply that General Contractors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent, 29 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing ELECTRICAL as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Roofing Materials Installation and Plumbing also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Construction Estimating also tend to know Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


For many General Contractors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $81K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries



National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 57%

Contractor Management
up arrow 29%



National Average
$64,000

Carpenter
up arrow 1%

Carpentry
up arrow 2%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 2%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 2%

Plumbing
up arrow 10%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 20%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 74%
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