Senior Project Manager, Construction Salary

Construction Senior Project Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $102K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Construction Senior Project Managers, overall income ranges from $73K near the bottom to $154K at the top; this can include more than $24K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Construction Senior Project Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$71,805 - $141,335
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $101,520
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$20.31 - $80.66
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National Salary Data (?
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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 it's uncommon, some Construction Senior Project Managers move into roles as VPs of Construction, where pay is an average $142K per year. Construction Senior Project Managers most often move into positions as Construction Project Managers or Construction Managers. Construction Project Managers actually earn $34K less on average, however, and Construction Managers earn $35K less per year than Construction Senior Project Managers do.

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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. The biggest paychecks can be found at Skanska Usa Building Incorporated — the median salary there is $155K.

Construction Senior Project Managers will find the worst pay at Jones Lang LaSalle, where the median salary crawls in at $104K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $128K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, Construction


Survey results imply that Construction Senior Project Managers deploy 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Job Scheduling. For most people, competency in Contractor Management indicates knowledge of 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 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 $107K. 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 $116K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,336

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Construction Senior Project Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Construction Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Phoenix and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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