Men make up the majority of General Contractors in the United States, bringing in about $30.50 per hour. Total cash compensation for General Contractors runs from $31K to $121K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $50K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in four, and about one in ten earn dental coverage. For the most part, General Contractors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,266 - $112,606
(Median)
$32K
$62K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,880
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$14.71 - $57.88
(Median)
$15
$31
$58
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$32,266 - $112,606  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,848  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,585  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$31,208 - $121,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $57.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.97  
Overtime
$13.25 - $66.25  
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 - $14,848  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,585  
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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$31,208 - $121,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 722
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across General Contractors who move on to become Construction Project Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $75K. It is quite typical for General Contractors to transition into roles as Construction Project Managers or Construction Superintendents, where reported median earnings are $5K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for General Contractor


General Contractors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Sales, Contractor Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent, 27 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Adobe FrameMaker as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Flooring Installation and Roofing Materials Installation also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Construction Estimating are also skilled in 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. General Contractors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $71K. 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
$65,000



Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Sales
up arrow 54%

Contractor Management
up arrow 27%



National Average
$65,000

Carpenter
up arrow 4%

Kitchen/Bath
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Carpentry
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framing
up arrow 8%

Cabinetry Installation
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up arrow 18%

ELECTRICAL
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Painting
up arrow 46%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 49%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 52%

Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 54%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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