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General Contractor Salary

Male General Contractors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $29.54 per hour in the United States. Total cash compensation to General Contractors approaches anywhere from $28K on the lower end to $120K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $50K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. One in four enjoy medical while one-tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,577 - $110,868
(Median)
$27K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $59,854
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$12.90 - $53.75
(Median)
$13
$30
$54
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
$26,577 - $110,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,887  
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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$28,233 - $120,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $53.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.31  
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 - $11,887  
   
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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$28,233 - $120,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 556

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $75K annually. The most common career progression for General Contractors leads to becoming a Construction Project Manager, where average pay is $70K annually. However, many General Contractors also opt to become Construction Contractors. Typically, a Construction Contractor brings home $60K.

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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 62 percent, 28 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Plumbing and ELECTRICAL as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Construction Estimating and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


General Contractors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $78K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 62%

Contractor Management
up arrow 28%



Carpentry
up arrow 2%

National Average
$62,000

Carpenter
up arrow 1%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 17%

Plumbing
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 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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