Construction Senior Project Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $105K annually. With some bonuses approaching $25K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Construction Senior Project Managers spread between $76K and $158K depending on individual performance. While experience level and location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Construction Senior Project Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$73,089 - $147,625
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$73K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $105,370
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$24.02 - $75.67
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$73,089 - $147,625  
   
Bonus
$2,015 - $25,016  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,740  
Commission
$14,874  
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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$75,798 - $158,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,830
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Hourly Rate
$24.02 - $75.67  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $76.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,015 - $25,016  
   
Commission
$14,874  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,740  
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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$75,798 - $158,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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 who go on to become VPs of Construction may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Construction is $143K annually. Given that the median pay is $75K, it may be surprising to find that a Construction Project Manager is the most common role for Construction Senior Project Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Director of Construction role — which pays $125K — is also typical for Construction Senior Project Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Many Construction Senior Project Managers can be found at Jones Lang LaSalle, Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., CBRE Group, Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, and Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Construction Senior Project Managers flock to Skanska Usa Building Incorporated for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $155K lead the pack in compensation.

Jones Lang LaSalle offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $104K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $92K to $140K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Construction Senior Project Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Contract Management, Contract Negotiation, and Job Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include autodesk autocad, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Contractor Management also know Construction Estimating.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $80K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $102K. On average, Construction Senior Project Managers make $112K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,564

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Construction Senior Project Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Construction Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston.

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National Average
$114,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Construction Salaries

People Management
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Contract Management
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Contract Negotiation
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Job Scheduling
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Project Management
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Contractor Management
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Microsoft Project
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$114,000

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Scheduling
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Microsoft Office
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Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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