Senior Project Manager, Construction Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Construction Senior Project Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $101K per year. Total cash compensation to Construction Senior Project Managers bottoms out near $73K and approaches $153K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $24K from bonuses and almost $14K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and geographic location are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Construction Senior Project Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,601 - $139,121
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $100,772
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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
$71,601 - $139,121  
   
Bonus
$1,156 - $24,292  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $14,441  
Commission
$1,017 - $31,444  
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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$73,369 - $153,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,805
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
$1,156 - $24,292  
   
Commission
$1,017 - $31,444  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $14,441  
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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$73,369 - $153,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Construction Senior Project Managers do not often transition into VP of Construction roles. The role averages $143K per year. Construction Senior Project Managers most often move into positions as Construction Project Managers or Construction Managers. Construction Project Managers actually earn $33K less on average, however, and Construction Managers earn $34K less per year than Construction Senior Project Managers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Skanska Usa Building Incorporated offers the most; Construction Senior Project Managers earn $144K on average there.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Survey takers working as Construction Senior Project Managers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Job Scheduling, Blueprints, and AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Construction Estimating are also skilled in 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.


Construction Senior Project Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $78K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $95K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $115K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Construction Senior Project Managers in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 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 (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of 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
up arrow 14%


Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

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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Scheduling
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National Average
$107,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 14%

Blueprints
up arrow 15%

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
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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