Generous salaries abound for Senior Construction Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Construction Managers varies from around $76K to approximately $164K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $25K and $10K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,875 - $149,040
(Median)
$74K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,121
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$25.34 - $81.00
(Median)
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$62
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MEDIAN: $61.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$73,875 - $149,040  
   
Bonus
$1,968 - $25,169  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,101  
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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$76,010 - $163,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$61.50  
   
Overtime
$48.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,968 - $25,169  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,101  
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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$76,010 - $163,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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Job Description for Senior Construction Manager

A senior construction manager typically works at a construction site and is responsible for all aspects of the project. While the exact duties of a senior construction manager may vary based on the specific project, they are generally in charge of planning, directing, and coordinating all activities within the construction site. Tasks performed by this manager include overseeing all project design, hiring workers, supervising all workers, selecting contractors, monitoring all inventory, preparing budgets, and preparing estimates. The senior construction manager must report progress to clients and work in compliance with construction laws. A senior construction manager must possess leadership skills, as they are required to give direction to subordinates and delegate tasks accordingly.

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Senior Construction Manager Tasks

  • Manage reporting, including daily reports and compliance documentation.
  • Communicate across teams and with subcontractors to increase efficiency and track quality control.
  • Plan and coordinate project activities and schedules, tracking materials and time frame.
  • Interact with clients, set expectations, and track changes to scope of work.

Common Career Paths for Senior Construction Manager


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Senior Construction Managers may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Construction Manager position, where pay tends to be around $73K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Construction Manager

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


For Senior Construction Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Senior Construction Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $93K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $94K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $104K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $124K.

Senior Construction Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Construction Manager in New Orleans:
"Structure and accountability."
Understand whom is accountable for each portion of a project to get clear direction and to be able to set goals for yourself. When management is blind it cause unnecessary workloads which causes stress. You Can't make a client satisfied if it's always a struggle to provide him accurate information.

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Experience Affects Senior Construction Manager Salaries


National Average
$116,000

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Senior Construction Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$116,000

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Scheduling
up arrow 8%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
60%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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