How Much Do General Foremen and Assistant Superintendents Make?

//How Much Do General Foremen and Assistant Superintendents Make?

How Much Do General Foremen and Assistant Superintendents Make?

With nearly unlimited growth potential, the commercial construction industry is an exciting place to work. While you may start out in an entry level position, the potential to gain valuable experience on the job could eventually put you at a lucrative income of over 6 figures. If you put in the work and effort to advance, you can get to that place rather quickly. General Foreman and Assistant Superintendent positions require certain skills and experience, and their salaries can differ depending on geographic location and other factors. Below we’ll take a closer look at the variety of factors that contribute to salary ranges for General Foremen and Assistant Superintendents and how your firm can remain competitive in this market. Below are general foremen salaries and assistant superintendent salaries.

Some responsibilities include:

  • General Management – Managing people and processes to ensure that the project is on time and on budget
  • Organizational and Operational Control – Control the overall operation of the construction site
  • Maintaining Order – Oversight of safety regulations that need to be followed
  • Delegate Responsibility – Performance management and assigning tasks for the successful completion of a project

General Foremen and Assistant Superintendents work on site and require a certain range of skills including:

  • Operational management
  • Leadership
  • Math, budgeting, and estimating
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Efficiency

As construction professionals map out their career path, they often have a desired salary in mind. While salary is not the only determining factor in applying for or accepting a construction job, it remains a major contributing factor. To achieve a desired position, some candidates may be willing to relocate. Relocation for work in our industry is more common now than ever. To remain competitive construction firms should consider how to make relocation more attractive, and also stay competitive in the salaries they offer.

Construction General Foreman Salary Ranges

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $70.42 $91.80 $84.09 $86.15
Mid-Atlantic $71.34 $89.02 $79.16 $80.08
Northwest $81.11 $95.09 $89.85 $83.17
Southeast $56.54 $76.79 $67.33 $67.85
Southwest $58.39 $77.20 $73.19 $66.82

*salaries do not reflect bonuses
**Percentile multiplied by $1000 reflects annual salary

General Foreman typically has at least 3 years’ experience as a Foreman. A General Foreman supervises and coordinates the activities of Junior Foremen, and laborers. They are often onsite daily, and report to/and work directly with their Junior and Senior Superintendents to ensure all budgets, project tasks, quality requirements, specs, timelines, and regulations are on track and/or within regulations.

Construction Assistant Superintendent Salary Ranges

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $59.21 $70.01 $64.76 $65.38
Mid-Atlantic $58.18 $69.18 $64.46 $64.35
Northeast $60.34 $71.03 $66.82 $66.00
Northwest $61.89 $72.06 $67.64 $65.28
Southeast $59.21 $68.77 $64.35 $63.02
Southwest $58.08 $69.60 $64.15 $63.63

*salaries do not reflect bonuses
**Percentile multiplied by $1000 reflects annual salary

Assistant Superintendent typically assisting Superintendents on projects in the range of over $10 million.. Assistant Superintendents must possess strong communication and leadership skills, as well as extensive technical knowledge. They manage multiple duties, including supervising laborers, scheduling and organizing the project to ensure it is both time and cost-effective, labor budgeting, quality control, and more. Works directly with the General Forman and their team to achieve effective and efficient project and staff management.

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By | 2019-08-16T16:28:28-05:00 August 6th, 2019|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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