The pre-construction phase is critical to the success of any project. This stage entails meticulous planning, budgeting, and workforce projections, ensuring that potential obstacles are identified and addressed before construction begins.

Pre-construction professionals play a crucial role in this process, and as the construction industry experiences rapid growth, it is essential for companies to offer competitive salaries to attract top talent.

Keep reading as we delve into the responsibilities and salary ranges for two key pre-construction positions: Preconstruction Manager and Preconstruction Director. We will also provide you with an opportunity to receive an exclusive construction salary report to help you stay competitive in the market.

Key Pre-Construction Positions

There are two pre-construction positions that play a critical role in the successful planning and execution of construction projects. These positions can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, but some common pre-construction positions include:

  1. Preconstruction Manager
  2. Preconstruction Director

Both Preconstruction Managers and Directors should possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Proficient in construction management software, such as Procore or PlanGrid
  • Knowledge of building codes, regulations, and industry standards
  • Familiarity with various construction methodologies and materials
  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, Engineering, or a related field
  • Professional certifications, such as the Associate Constructor (AC) or Certified Professional Constructor (CPC), can be an added advantage.

Preconstruction Manager

A Preconstruction Manager typically oversees several projects with a total budget of up to $50 million. With at least 7 years of experience, they have often worked their way up from an Estimating position. Their responsibilities include supervising Junior and Senior Estimators, budgeting, estimating, scheduling, coordinating with designers, developing alternative solutions through Value Engineering, procurement, and client relationship management.

 Preconstruction Manager Salary Ranges

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $105.03 $148.20 $125.47 $119.63
Mid-Atlantic $100.30 $148.08 $120.42 $116.38
Southeast $133.69 $158.31 $143.47 $147.30
Southwest $108.28 $142.69 $128.18 $128.63

Preconstruction Director

A Preconstruction Director oversees multiple construction projects that are either smaller yet complex or exceed a budget of $50 million. They generally have between 12 and 15 years of experience and have often worked their way up from Estimating and General Preconstruction positions. Their responsibilities include those of a Preconstruction Manager, with the additional duties of managing Junior Preconstruction and executing complex and large-scale preconstruction services and activities.

Preconstruction Director Salary Ranges

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $145.16 $176.08 $164.06 $155.50
Mid-Atlantic $158.89 $192.94 $170.92 $171.47
Southeast $159.89 $196.88 $182.94 $181.37
Southwest $137.51 $178.89 $158.75 $166.30

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