The average wage for a General Contractor is $30.50 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Sales and Contractor Management.
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$32,266 - $112,606
(Median)
$32K
$62K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,880
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90%

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$14.71 - $57.88
(Median)
$15
$31
$58
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,266 - $112,606  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,848  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,585  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$31,208 - $121,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $57.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.97  
Overtime
$13.25 - $66.25  
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 - $14,848  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,585  
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).
)
$31,208 - $121,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 722

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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

  • 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.
  • Make sure all government regulations are followed, proper permits are obtained, and required inspections carried out.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 54%

Contractor Management
up arrow 27%



National Average
$65,000

Carpenter
up arrow 4%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 4%

Carpentry
up arrow 6%

framing
up arrow 8%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 10%

up arrow 18%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 20%

Painting
up arrow 46%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 49%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 52%

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 54%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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