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General Contractor Salary

Men make up the majority of General Contractors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $29.53 per hour. In the world of General Contractors, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $120K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $50K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly a fourth, and nearly one-tenth earn dental coverage. Most General Contractors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,363 - $113,787
(Median)
$27K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,162
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$12.56 - $52.05
(Median)
$13
$30
$52
MEDIAN: $29.00
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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
$27,363 - $113,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,968  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $50,338  
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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$27,925 - $120,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $52.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.00  
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 - $11,968  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $50,338  
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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$27,925 - $120,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524

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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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General Contractors who become Construction Project Managers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Construction Project Managers earn $74K per year. Becoming a Construction Project Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that General Contractors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $70K. Another frequent advance is for General Contractors to assume a Construction Contractor role; in this role, workers often earn $60K.

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General Contractors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Carpentry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent, 27 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Plumbing. 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.


For many General Contractors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. General Contractors bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. General Contractors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $79K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 61%

Contractor Management
up arrow 27%


Carpentry
up arrow 17%


National Average
$62,000

Plumbing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 74%