How Much Do Preconstruction Managers and Preconstruction Directors Get Paid?

//How Much Do Preconstruction Managers and Preconstruction Directors Get Paid?

How Much Do Preconstruction Managers and Preconstruction Directors Get Paid?

There is strong growth potential for commercial construction professionals in preconstruction. With the right skills and experience, many construction professionals can achieve a 6-figure salary. Yet, construction firms need to stay competitive in their salaries and benefits in order to attract and retain top talent. Preconstruction managers and preconstruction directors have specific skills and experience for their roles and their salaries vary depending on geography and other variables. Here are some of the factors that contribute to preconstruction manager salaries and preconstruction director salaries across the country.

Preconstruction managers and directors work on large construction projects which require a certain range of skills and experience including:

  • Project Planning, Scheduling, and Coordination
  • Negotiation
  • Permitting
  • Feasibility Studies and Evaluations

Some responsibilities include:

  • Design Development and Conceptual Planning – Ensuring the delivery of the desired end product to the client is essential.
  • Value Engineering – The ability to work with the owner and other professionals to create cost savings throughout the project is an essential duty in this line of work.
  • Delegating Responsibility – Performance leadership and management are essential to successful preconstruction.

Salary may only be one factor in determining if a candidate takes a position in preconstruction, yet it’s a critical one. Other factors include and geographic location of the job and relocation potential. Many candidates are willing to relocate in order to find the salary they want in commercial construction. To remain competitive, construction firms must consider how to communicate the details of relocation effectively to candidates. It’s also critical to be competitive in offering salaries and benefits. One way to do that is to understand the range of salaries being offered across the country and know the salary ranges that candidates are seeking.

Preconstruction Managers

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $96.02 $135.49 $114.72 $109.38
Mid-Atlantic $91.70 $135.39 $110.10 $106.40
Southeast $122.23 $144.74 $131.17 $134.67
Southwest $99.00 $130.45 $117.19 $117.60

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Preconstruction Manager is typically responsible for multiple projects totaling no more than $50 million. Most have a minimum of 7 years’ experience, often working their way up the ranks from an Estimating position. Will continue to supervise Junior and Senior Estimators. Manages multiple aspects of preconstruction, including: budget management, estimating, scheduling, design coordination, Value Engineer development of alternative solutions, procurement, client relationship management.

Preconstruction Directors

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $132.71 $160.98 $149.99 $142.17
Mid-Atlantic $145.26 $176.40 $156.26 $156.77
Southeast $146.18 $180.00 $167.26 $165.82
Southwest $125.72 $163.55 $145.15 $152.04

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Preconstruction Director is typically responsible for multiple projects in excess of $50 million, or smaller, yet complex construction projects. Most have a between 12 and 15 years’ experience, often working their way up the ranks from an Estimating position and General Preconstruction. Position encompasses all job responsibilities of Preconstruction Manger with the added responsibilities of managing Junior Preconstruction—and developing and executing complex and largescale preconstruction services and activities.

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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By | 2019-06-03T14:08:05-04:00 June 4th, 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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