Salary Ranges for Superintendent III and IV/General Superintendent

//Salary Ranges for Superintendent III and IV/General Superintendent

Salary Ranges for Superintendent III and IV/General Superintendent

In commercial construction there is a huge amount of growth potential for professionals who are productive and diligent. The construction industry is an exciting place to work for its variety of projects and possibility to succeed. Professionals can advance to earn over 6 figures. If they put in the time and effort, construction professionals can achieve a generous salary. Positions as Superintendent III and IV require certain skills and 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 Superintendents and how firms can remain competitive.

First let’s go over some of the skills needed for these positions. Superintendents work on site and require a certain range of skills including:

  • Leadership
  • Operational management
  • Time Management
  • Mathematics, budgeting, and estimating
  • Collaboration and team work
  • Efficiency and productivity

Some responsibilities include:

  • General management – Managing people and processes to ensure that the project is flawlessly completed on-time.
  • Organizational and operational control – They control the overall operation of the construction site.
  • Delegate responsibility – Performance management and task assignment are essential to the success of any project.
  • Maintaining order and safety – Safety rules and guidelines have to be top of mind.

While salary is not the only determining factor in applying for or accepting construction jobs, it remains a major contributing factor. As construction professionals map out their career path—they often have a desired salary in mind. To achieve a desired salary, many candidates are willing to relocate. Relocation is more common now than ever. 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.

Superintendent III

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $118.6 $164.5 $140.3 $138.5
Mid-Atlantic $113.3 $159.1 $136.7 $135.5
Northeast $128.3 $166.4 $148.3 $150.8
Northwest $126.2 $157.1 $144.7 $145.3
Southeast $117.5 $154.1 $137.9 $136.4
Southwest $118.3 $153.9 $141.4 $140.3

*salaries do not reflect bonuses

Superintendent III is typically responsible for projects in the range of $50 to $250 million. Most have between 10 to 15 years’ combined experience working their way up the ranks as a Junior Assistant. The job description is similar to that of a Superintendent II, but with a larger budget and staffing levels that require superior time management skills, leadership effectiveness, delegation, and attention to detail.

Superintendent IV/General Superintendent

Region 20th Percentile 80th Percentile Mean Median
Midwest $142.2 $171.2 $156.1 $156.3
Mid-Atlantic $143.1 $183.1 $163.2 $164.2
Northeast $138.8 $212.6 $179.4 $183.5
Northwest $136.1 $196.1 $177.4 $182.6
Southeast $135.7 $194.5 $164.2 $165.9
Southwest $136.6 $191.7 $162.1 $163.9

*salaries do not reflect bonuses
Superintendent IV is typically responsible for projects in excess of $250 million. Most have 20+ years’ combined experience working their way up the ranks as a Junior and Mid-Level Superintendent. Job description is similar to Superintendent II and III, and with a larger budget and staffing levels; creating the need for superior time management skills, leadership effectiveness, delegation, and attention to detail. Projects are often far more complex, and the Superintendent IV often has additional executive responsibilities.

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 | 2018-12-10T16:16:52+00:00 December 11th, 2018|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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