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Working As A Project Superintendent

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Superintendent Do

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.

Duties

Construction managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare cost estimates, budgets, and work timetables
  • Interpret and explain contracts and technical information to other professionals
  • Report work progress and budget matters to clients
  • Collaborate with architects, engineers, and other construction specialists
  • Select subcontractors and schedule and coordinate their activities
  • Respond to work delays, emergencies, and other problems
  • Comply with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations

Construction managers, often called general contractors or project managers, coordinate and supervise a wide variety of projects, including the building of all types of public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures, as well as roads, memorials, and bridges. Either a general contractor or a construction manager will oversee the construction phase of a project, although a construction manager may also consult with the client during the design phase to help refine construction plans and control costs.

Construction managers oversee specialized contractors and other personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that projects meet design specifications. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Some managers may be responsible for several projects at once—for example, the construction of multiple apartment buildings.  

Construction managers work closely with other building specialists, such as architects, civil engineers, and a variety of trade workers, including stonemasons, electricians, and carpenters. Projects may require specialists in everything from structural steel and painting to landscaping, paving roads, and excavating sites. Depending on the project, construction managers may interact with lawyers and local government officials. For example, when working on city-owned property or municipal buildings, managers sometimes confer with city inspectors to ensure that all regulations are met.

For projects too large to be managed by one person, such as office buildings and industrial complexes, a top-level construction manager hires other construction managers to be in charge of different aspects of the project. For example, each construction manager would oversee a specific phase of the project, such as structural foundation, plumbing, or electrical work, and choose subcontractors to complete it. The top-level construction manager would then collaborate and coordinate with the other construction managers.

To maximize efficiency and productivity, construction managers often perform the tasks of a cost estimator. They use specialized cost-estimating and planning software to allocate time and money in order to complete their projects. Many managers also use software to plan the best way to get materials to the building site.

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How To Become A Project Superintendent

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Education

It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Training

New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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Project Superintendent Career Paths

Project Superintendent
Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Contractor-Senior Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager
Vice President-Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Superintendent
District Commercial Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Supervisor Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Senior Operations Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Site Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent Construction Superintendent
On Site Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Project Engineering Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Operations Project Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Director Of Construction
Director Construction Services
11 Yearsyrs
Field Manager
Construction Area Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner/Project Manager Construction Superintendent
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Supervisor Construction Superintendent
Land Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Superintendent 5.2 years
Project Manager 3.5 years
Project Supervisor 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Project Superintendent
Foreman 6.6%
Owner 5.6%
Carpenter 4.3%
Supervisor 1.6%
Top Careers After Project Superintendent
Owner 6.3%
Foreman 2.0%
Carpenter 1.7%
Estimator 1.6%
Supervisor 1.5%
Manager 1.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$82,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$82,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Broken Hill Proprietary
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
5.4 years
How much does a Project Superintendent make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Project Superintendent in the United States is $82,713 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

Real Project Superintendent Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Superintendent Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 19, 2014 $300,300
Project Superintendent Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $227,200
Project Superintendent Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC New York, NY May 19, 2016 $125,000
Project Superintendent Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC New York, NY Nov 27, 2014 $125,000
Project Superintendent Structure Tone Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $108,160 -
$128,800
Project Superintendent Structure Tone Inc. New York, NY Jul 29, 2016 $108,160
Project Superintendent Structure Tone Inc. New York, NY Dec 06, 2013 $101,150 -
$106,000
Project Superintendent Structure Tone Inc. New York, NY Nov 12, 2015 $100,450
Project Superintendent H.J. High Construction Company, Inc. Orlando, FL Nov 05, 2015 $67,100
Construction Project Superintendent IMEC Group, LLC Columbia, MD Mar 31, 2016 $65,000
Project Superintendent II Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Dec 02, 2013 $65,000
Project Superintendent PMY Construction Corp. North Bergen, NJ Jun 01, 2012 $65,000
Assistant Project Superintendent McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 06, 2012 $65,000
Project Superintendent Taft Corporation Agoura Hills, CA Oct 02, 2013 $64,196
Assistant Project Superintendent Hudson Meridian Construction Group, LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $61,298
Project Superintendent C.W. Services, Inc. Long Beach, CA May 21, 2010 $61,128
Project Superintendent Taft Corporation Malibu, CA Oct 02, 2010 $61,128
Project Superintendent Emuna Construction LLC North Miami Beach, FL Sep 09, 2014 $60,000
Project Superintendent HCD Developers LLC Doral, FL Oct 15, 2012 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Project Superintendent

  1. General Contractors
  2. Project Management
  3. New Construction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with general contractors, engineers and inspectors to meet quality and completion goals by staffing jobs effectively.
  • Document all violations, notify project management, recommend/implement corrective actions as required.
  • Supervised multiple projects simultaneously, including new construction and major renovations of public works projects.
  • Developed and maintained solid working relationships with sub-contractors during project completion to ensure only the highest quality of work.
  • Coordinated activities between project manager, general contractor, sub-contractors, architects, structural engineers and design departments.

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Project Superintendent Demographics

Gender

Male

90.7%

Unknown

6.6%

Female

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.1%

French

4.9%

Italian

3.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

German

2.5%

Korean

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Marshallese

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Tigrinya

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%
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Project Superintendent Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

Purdue University

8.7%

Texas A&M University

7.9%

University of Florida

6.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Ohio State University

5.2%

New York University

4.6%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

Colorado State University

4.1%

Clemson University

3.9%

East Carolina University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

3.3%

Ferris State University

3.3%

Kansas State University

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.3%
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Majors

Construction Management

22.1%

Business

21.6%

Civil Engineering

10.2%

Project Management

5.0%

Management

4.9%

Engineering

3.4%

Education

3.3%

General Studies

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Architecture

2.9%

Drafting And Design

2.7%

Property Management

2.6%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

40.1%

Bachelors

32.7%

Associate

13.0%

Certificate

6.3%

Masters

6.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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