Last week, we shared construction salary data for junior level superintendents, and this week, we will look at some of the more senior management positions. Our goal is to help hiring managers across the nation maintain competitive construction superintendent salaries—and help job seekers to determine the salary range they should be looking to achieve.

Superintendent II

Superintendent II must possess superior time management skills, leadership effectiveness, and attention to detail. Day-to-day job responsibilities include managing Junior Assistants, Foreman, and a variety of Skilled Laborers. Leading junior team members, scheduling and organizing the project to ensure it is both time and cost-effective. Driving quality control to ensure the project conforms to specifications. Most Superintendent II’s have between 10 to 15 years’ combined experience working their way up the ranks. Project budgets range from $10 to $100 million. TBG’s 2017 nationwide construction salary for this role is:

Superintendent II

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $102.1 $134.4 $120.0 $121.3
Mid-Atlantic $102.3 $140.5 $121.9 $121.6
Northeast $108.9 $163.9 $137.5 $134.6
Northwest $81.6 $137.2 $113.2 $97.9
Southeast $105.7 $140.1 $126.0 $122.4
Southwest $89.0 $120.1 $105.5 $120.1

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Superintendent III / Senior Superintendent

The Superintendent III job description is similar to that of Superintendent II, but with a larger budget and staffing levels which require superior time management skills, leadership effectiveness, delegation, and attention to detail. Superintendent III’s are typically responsible for projects in the range of $50 to $250 million. Most have between 10 to 15 years’ combined experience working their way up the ranks. TBG’s 2017 nationwide construction salary for this role is:

Superintendent III / Senior Superintendent

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $116.0 $161.0 $137.3 $135.5
Mid-Atlantic $110.8 $155.7 $133.8 $132.6
Northeast $125.5 $162.8 $145.1 $147.5
Northwest $123.5 $153.7 $141.6 $142.2
Southeast $115.0 $150.8 $134.9 $133.5
Southwest $115.7 $150.6 $138.4 $137.3

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Superintendent IV/General Superintendent

Superintendent IV is typically responsible for projects over $250 million. Most have 20+ years’ combined experience working their way up the ranks as Junior and Mid-Level Superintendents. The job description is similar to Superintendent II and III. Since staffing levels are larger and projects are far more complex, General Superintendents often have additional executive responsibilities. TBG’s 2017 nationwide construction salary for this role is:

Superintendent IV/General Superintendent

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $139.1 $167.5 $152.7 $152.9
Mid-Atlantic $140.0 $179.2 $159.7 $160.7
Northeast $135.8 $208.0 $175.5 $179.5
Northwest $133.2 $192.0 $173.6 $178.7
Southeast $132.8 $190.3 $160.7 $162.3
Southwest $133.7 $187.6 $158.6 $160.4

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

The construction salary data generated above is compiled from multiple industry and salary sources, coupled with real-time data compiled by The Birmingham Group. As one of the Leading Recruiters in the nation, construction executive search firm, The Birmingham Group, interviews over 300 construction professionals each week.

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