Average General Contractor Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a General Contractor is $29.94.
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Hourly Rate
$15 - $61
$483 - $15,224
Profit Sharing
$509 - $65,000
$4,578 - $19,653
Total Pay
$31,060 - $133,228

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Job Description for General Contractor

General Contractor Tasks
  • Generate cost estimates for labor, materials, equipment, and permits necessary to complete a project.
  • Plan and manage a construction project, coordinating labor, materials, and equipment, hire and supervise subcontractors.
  • Make sure all government regulations are followed, proper permits are obtained, and required inspections carried out.
  • Monitor project progress to ensure it stays on time and within budget.
  • Negotiate contract terms with clients and work with clients and architects to create project plans.

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Popular Skills for General Contractor

Skills in Project Management, Construction Estimating and Contractor Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Plumbing and Cabinetry Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

An entry-level General Contractor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.18 based on 31 salaries. An early career General Contractor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.87 based on 397 salaries. A mid-career General Contractor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.00 based on 317 salaries. An experienced General Contractor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $33.35 based on 680 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $39.
Employees with General Contractor in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 100.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (67.0% more) and Denver, Colorado (33.6% more).

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