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+00:00 January 1st, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

Brian Binke is the founder & CEO of The Birmingham Group (TBG). TBG is a globally recognized Executive Search and Consulting firm, specializing in the Construction arena. Over the past 22 years, Brian has established himself as one of the construction industries most respected leaders. He has won numerous awards for his industry innovation and has been recognized as the #1 Worldwide Revenue Producing Manager for the Largest Recruitment Network of over 800 Independent Firms. Brian founded SC Bingham Farms in 1995. In January 1997, SC Bingham Farms acquired Management Recruiters Birmingham, established by Fred Bawulski in 1967. Fred was an early pioneer of the executive search industry, which was almost unheard of in the 60s. Today The Birmingham Group remains one of the nation’s most tenured search firms. You can reach Brian directly at bbinke@thebirmgroup.com.
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