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 $30.07 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $50K, respectively — total cash payment to General Contractors can bottom out near $30K or peak near $122K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, General Contractors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly a fourth enjoy medical while close to one-tenth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than 10 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,767 - $115,784
(Median)
$30K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $61,068
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$13.70 - $55.90
(Median)
$14
$30
$56
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$29,767 - $115,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,725  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $50,421  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$30,041 - $121,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $55.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51  
Overtime
$10.88 - $60.61  
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 - $11,725  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$10.00 - $50,421  
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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$30,041 - $121,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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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 $75K per year, though. 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 $6K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for General Contractor


General Contractors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent, 29 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing ELECTRICAL as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Roofing Materials Installation and Plumbing also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Construction Estimating also know Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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 $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $81K.

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Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries



National Average
$64,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 57%

Contractor Management
up arrow 29%



National Average
$64,000

Carpenter
up arrow 1%

Carpentry
up arrow 2%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 2%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 2%

Plumbing
up arrow 10%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 20%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 74%
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