$65,937
Avg. Salary
$29.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,490

Bonus

$5,000

Profit Sharing

$14,999

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a General Contractor is $29.84 per hour.

The average pay for a General Contractor is $65,937 per year.

$14.59
10%
$29.84
50%
$60.74
90%
MEDIAN $29.84
$34k
10%
$66k
50%
$125k
90%
MEDIAN $65,937
$33,801 - $124,851
$34K
$66K
$120K
MEDIAN: $65,937
10%
50%
90%

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$14.59 - $60.74
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MEDIAN: $29.84
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$0$132K
Salary $33,801 - $124,851
Bonus $0.00 - $15,215
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $60,187
Commission $2,517 - $99,329
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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$30,960 - $132,212
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 786
Hourly Data $0$71
Hourly Rate $14.59 - $60.74
Hourly Tips $1.29
Overtime $14.53 - $71.22
Annual Data $0$132K
Bonus $0.00 - $15,215
Commission $2,517 - $99,329
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $60,187
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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$30,960 - $132,212
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,583

Job Description for General Contractor

A general contractor oversees a variety of construction projects. Normally, the contractor is called in when someone wants to create a new building for business or residential purposes; however, contractors may also work in remodeling and renovation of existing structures as well. The general contractor assesses the work to be done and directs various construction crews to accomplish these tasks.

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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.

Common Career Paths for General Contractor


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It doesn't happen often, but some General Contractors do move on to become Construction Project Managers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $75K per year. Construction Project Managers or Construction Superintendents are common next-step roles for General Contractors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Construction Project Managers is $6K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Construction Superintendents.

General Contractor Job Listings

Popular Skills for General Contractor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Contractor Management and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Painting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Drywall and Roofing Materials Installation also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Construction Estimating also know Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level for General Contractor

Pay by Experience for a General Contractor has a positive trend. An entry-level General Contractor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Contractor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 272 salaries. An experienced General Contractor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 464 salaries. A General Contractor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 386 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,258

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for General Contractors, 52 percent above the national average. General Contractors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Fort Lauderdale (+34 percent), Tampa (+19 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for General Contractors is geography, with workers in New York earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Atlanta (19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

General Contractor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a General Contractor?

General Contractor in Stockton:
"It’s low pay compared to Bay Area."
Pros: It’s close to home
Cons: It’s to hot

General Contractor in Van Nuys:
"Love it."
Pros: Good weather conditions
Cons: leaving expenses are getting very high

General Contractor in Fairborn:
"Love the area."
Pros: Local and close to everything
Cons: Pay scale

General Contractor in Boca Raton:
"Experienced in all fields of home improvements."
Hire only trusted employees.

General Contractor in Seattle:
"Great."
Pros: The location, the customers, the job satisfaction.
Cons: The traffic, the parking, the homeless, real estate prices, government regulation, county beauacracy.

General Contractor in Victor:
"Humility."
Find a mentor to confide with and glean advice from.

General Contractor in Yonkers:
"Outsider."
Pros: Allowed to work from home 2 days a week.
Cons: I'm treated very differently.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for General Contractor

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Experience Affects General Contractor Salaries

▲21%

▲9%

National Average
$64,000

▼12%

▼32%

Skills That Affect General Contractor Salaries

Contractor Management
▲28%

Operations Management
▲7%



construction
▲1%

National Average
$64,000

▼5%

▼18%

▼19%

framing
▼19%

▼25%


Cabinetry Installation
▼35%

Flooring Installation
▼35%

Drywall
▼40%

Painting
▼44%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 275 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
no benefits
None: 81%