General Contractor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, General Contractors earn an average of $29.84 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $50K, overall incomes of General Contractors spread between $29K and $119K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Roughly one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a tenth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,761 - $109,396
(Median)
$27K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $59,745
10%
50%
90%

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$13.34 - $54.15
(Median)
$13
$30
$54
MEDIAN: $29.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$26,761 - $109,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,836  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $50,063  
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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$28,944 - $119,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $54.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.73  
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 - $11,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $50,063  
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).
)
$28,944 - $119,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 586
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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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Although it's unusual, some General Contractors transition into jobs as Construction Project Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $74K per year, though. When General Contractors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Construction Project Managers or Construction Superintendents. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $6K, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that General Contractors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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, 27 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Plumbing and ELECTRICAL as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Aptitude in Construction Estimating tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


General Contractors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Contractors make a median salary of $64K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $80K on average.

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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
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 61%

Contractor Management
up arrow 27%



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 125 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
39%

Common Health Benefits

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