Senior Project Manager, Construction Salary

On average, Construction Senior Project Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($102K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of Construction Senior Project Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $73K on the lower end to $154K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $24K and profit sharing that approaches $14K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $32K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Senior Project Managers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,805 - $141,335
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,520
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$20.31 - $80.66
(Median)
$20
$41
$81
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary 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$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$71,805 - $141,335  
   
Bonus
$1,228 - $23,537  
Profit Sharing
$0.93 - $14,468  
Commission
$503 - $31,785  
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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$73,449 - $153,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$20.31 - $80.66  
   
Overtime
$9.75 - $77.37  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,228 - $23,537  
   
Commission
$503 - $31,785  
Profit Sharing
$0.93 - $14,468  
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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$73,449 - $153,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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 some Construction Senior Project Managers move into positions like VP of Construction (where the average salary is $142K), this progression is not the norm. Construction Senior Project Managers most often move into Construction Project Manager or Construction Manager roles. However, the former pays $34K less on average, and the latter pays $35K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Jones Lang LaSalle, CBRE Group, Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, and Turner Construction Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Construction Senior Project Managers. Construction Senior Project Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Skanska Usa Building Incorporated, where the average salary comes to $155K.

Salaries are easily beat at Jones Lang LaSalle, where median pay comes to just $104K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $80K and ending at $128K, range in salary is rather small.

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 Suretrak are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Job Scheduling. Those educated in Contractor Management tend to be well versed in Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, Construction

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


Construction Senior Project Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $78K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $95K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $107K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $116K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,336

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Construction Senior Project Managers, 28 percent higher than the national average. Construction Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Denver (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Project Manager, Construction Salaries


National Average
$108,000




Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, Construction Salaries


Contract Negotiation
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Contract Management
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Suretrak (Primavera)
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Microsoft Project
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Contractor Management
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Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$108,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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