The average hourly pay for an Experienced General Contractor is $33.65.
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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. One of the chief skills of a general contractor is an ability to accurately estimate the costs of …Read more
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
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Skills in Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Contractor Management, Cabinetry Installation, Plumbing and Project Management.
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 $17.86 based on 393 salaries. A mid-career General Contractor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.97 based on 322 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $39.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with General Contractor in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 100.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (48.6% more) and Sacramento, California (24.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Buffalo, New York (23.5% less), Portland, Oregon (3.4% less) and San Diego, California (3.4% less).
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