General Contractor Salary

Male General Contractors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $29.79 per hour in the United States. Overall cash earnings for General Contractors stretch from $29K on the lower end to $120K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $49K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in four, and close to one-tenth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,401 - $111,250

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$13.45 - $54.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,401 - $111,250  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,016  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $49,328  
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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$29,008 - $119,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $54.03  
   
Overtime
$-0.48 - $59.41  
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 - $12,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $49,328  
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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$29,008 - $119,978  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 598
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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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At the upper end, General Contractors who move into a Construction Project Manager role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $74K per year. Career advancement for the typical General Contractor often leads to becoming a Construction Project Manager or a Construction Superintendent; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $5K higher, 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 60 percent, 28 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plumbing and ELECTRICAL. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Construction Estimating.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. General Contractors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $80K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries



National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 60%

Contractor Management
up arrow 28%



Carpentry
up arrow 8%

Carpenter
0%

Kitchen/Bath
0%

National Average
$62,000

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 17%

Plumbing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 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
32%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 75%
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