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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 ($101K) per year. Total cash earnings of Construction Senior Project Managers range from $73K on the low end to $153K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $24K and $12K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Senior Project Managers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,607 - $139,503
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,712
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90%

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$20.17 - $80.00
(Median)
$20
$41
$80
MEDIAN: $41.00
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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
$71,607 - $139,503  
   
Bonus
$1,024 - $24,111  
Profit Sharing
$153.83 - $12,369  
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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$73,110 - $152,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,668
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
$20.17 - $80.00  
   
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,024 - $24,111  
   
Commission
$8,000 - $32,000  
Profit Sharing
$153.83 - $12,369  
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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$73,110 - $152,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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 do not often transition into VP of Construction roles. The role averages $145K per year. As Construction Senior Project Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Construction Project Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $75K. Another common career choice for Construction Senior Project Managers is to move into a Director of Construction role — this promotion usually pays $122K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Construction


For Construction Senior Project Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Skanska Usa Building Incorporated; in fact, median earnings sit around $135K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Job Scheduling, AutoCAD, and Blueprints. It is often found that people who know Contractor Management are also skilled 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.


For many Construction Senior Project Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $76K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $94K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $106K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $115K.

Pay Difference by Location


Construction Senior Project Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Construction Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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

Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

Job Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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