Salary Ranges for Preconstruction Managers and Preconstruction Directors

//Salary Ranges for Preconstruction Managers and Preconstruction Directors

Salary Ranges for Preconstruction Managers and Preconstruction Directors

Serious growth potential exists for commercial construction professionals who are thoughtful and strategic – especially in preconstruction. Through honing their skills and experience, construction professionals can work to achieve over a 6-figure salary. Positions as preconstruction manager and preconstruction director require certain skills experience, and their salaries vary depending on the geographic location. Below is a closer look at some of the factors that contribute to salary variability for preconstruction roles and how firms can remain competitive.

First let’s go over some of the skills needed for these positions. Preconstruction managers and directors work on large construction projects which require a certain range of skills and experience including:

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

Some responsibilities include:

  • Value Engineering and Analysis – Work with the owner and other construction professionals to establish cost savings throughout the project.
  • Design Development and Conceptual Planning – Ensuring that they deliver the desired end product to the client.
  • Delegate responsibility – Performance management and task assignment are essential to the success of any project.

While salary is only one determining factor for candidates working in preconstruction, yet it’s an important one. Other factors include relocation potential and geographic location. In the current market, many candidates are willing to relocate in order to find the salary they want. To remain competitive construction firms must consider how to make relocation more attractive. It’s also critical to be up-to-date on salaries across the country and the salary that candidates are looking for.

Preconstruction Manager

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $93.4 $131.8 $111.6 $106.4
Mid-Atlantic $89.2 $131.7 $107.1 $103.5
Southeast $118.9 $140.8 $127.6 $131.0
Southwest $96.3 $126.9 $114.0 $114.4

*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 Director

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $129.1 $156.6 $145.9 $138.3
Mid-Atlantic $141.3 $171.6 $152.0 $152.5
Southeast $142.2 $175.1 $162.7 $161.3
Southwest $122.3 $159.1 $141.2 $147.9

*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.

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By | 2018-12-19T20:00:03-05:00 January 1st, 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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