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General Contractor Salary

The average wage for a General Contractor is $28.55 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Sales, Contractor Management, Carpentry, and Construction Estimating.
$25,365 - $110,766
(Median)
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110K
MEDIAN: $59,431
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$12.33 - $51.26
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$25,365 - $110,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,275  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $50,684  
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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$26,524 - $118,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $51.26  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.57  
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 - $12,275  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $50,684  
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).
)
$26,524 - $118,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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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Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

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

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 64%

Contractor Management
up arrow 30%

Carpentry
up arrow 28%



National Average
$61,000

Plumbing
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 73%