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Senior Project Manager, Construction Salary

Generous salaries abound for Construction Senior Project Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Total incomes of Construction Senior Project Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $24K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $73K and $153K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,057 - $139,745
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,398
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$20.00 - $80.55
(Median)
$20
$40
$81
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary 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$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,057 - $139,745  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $24,173  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $12,333  
Commission
$8,000 - $32,000  
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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$72,513 - $153,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,580
National Hourly Rate 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$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.00 - $80.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $79.12  
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,008 - $24,173  
   
Commission
$8,000 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $12,333  
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).
)
$72,513 - $153,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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Job Description for Senior Project Manager, Construction

A senior construction project manager performs general oversight of many of the duties and tasks that must be accomplished in the construction, renovation, or restructuring of a property. They must be organized and able to delegate tasks and responsibilities to subordinate project managers, contractors, and laborers. A senior construction project manager's responsibilities cover a number of areas, including permitting, programming, design, and construction itself. Because the senior construction project manager is responsible for the project's end product, they must have a deep understanding of each phase of the construction process, including architectural design and blueprinting. In addition, a senior construction project manager communicates a great deal with architects, clients, vendors of the products they are using, and subordinate staff; much of the time, the individual is reporting progress on a project or task or asking others for the status of certain jobs.

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Senior Project Manager, Construction Tasks

  • Oversee budgets, including tracking metrics and updating equipment logs.
  • Lead meetings to ensure budget, user needs and schedule are met.
  • Organize and manage staff, contractors and schedules for construction projects.
  • Prepare documentation like scope of work, contracts, purchase orders, reports and budgets.

Common Career Paths for Senior Project Manager, Construction


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Construction Senior Project Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Construction. The average VP of Construction brings home $144K per year. Going from Construction Senior Project Manager to Construction Project Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Construction Project Managers is $74K. Many others choose to work as Directors of Construction, where pay is typically $122K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Those at Skanska Usa Building Incorporated can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $135K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Survey results imply that Construction Senior Project Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Management, People Management, Contract Negotiation, and Suretrak are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Job Scheduling, AutoCAD, and Blueprints. Those familiar with Construction Estimating also tend to know Contractor Management and Scheduling.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, Construction

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Construction Senior Project Managers. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $76K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $93K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Construction Senior Project Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $115K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Construction Senior Project Managers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando.

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Experience Affects Senior Project Manager, Construction Salaries


National Average
$107,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Construction Salaries


Contract Management
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Contract Negotiation
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Suretrak (Primavera)
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Contractor Management
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Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Project
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National Average
$107,000

Project Management
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Scheduling
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Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Office
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Blueprints
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AutoCAD
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Job Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 287 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 12%