Senior Project Manager, Construction Salary

Salaries for Construction Senior Project Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Cash earnings for Construction Senior Project Managers — which occasionally include more than $24K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $73K to approximately $153K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though tenure and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Construction Senior Project Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,716 - $139,262
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,655
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$20.20 - $79.89
(Median)
$20
$41
$80
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
$71,716 - $139,262  
   
Bonus
$1,100 - $24,183  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $14,486  
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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$73,489 - $153,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,783
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.20 - $79.89  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $78.24  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,100 - $24,183  
   
Commission
$8,000 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $14,486  
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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$73,489 - $153,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Construction Senior Project Managers move into roles as VPs of Construction, where pay is an average $144K per year. Construction Senior Project Managers most often advance into Construction Project Manager and Construction Manager positions even though the median salaries are $33K lower and $34K lower, respectively.

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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 $144K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Construction Senior Project Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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, Blueprints, and AutoCAD. Most people who know Construction Estimating also 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.


For Construction Senior Project Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $78K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $94K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. Construction Senior Project Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $115K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Senior Project Managers, 25 percent above the national average. Construction Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average.

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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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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Project
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Budget Management
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National Average
$107,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 291 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%
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