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Construction Project Manager Average Salary in United States 2020

How much money does a Construction Project Manager make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
163,000 USD
( 13,600 USD monthly)


A person working as a Construction Project Manager in United States typically earns around 163,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 75,100 USD (lowest) to 260,000 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Construction Project Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Construction Project Manager Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Construction Project Manager
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction Project Manager salaries in United States range from 75,100 USD per year (minimum salary) to 260,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 176,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 176,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 176,000 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 113,000 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 113,000 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Construction Project Manager(s) are earning less than 235,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 235,000 USD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Construction Project Manager
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Construction Project Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Construction Project Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 85,300 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 114,000 USD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 168,000 USD per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Construction Project Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 205,000 USD per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 224,000 USD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 242,000 USD per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Construction Project Manager average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
85,300 USD
2 - 5 Years+34%
114,000 USD
5 - 10 Years+48%
168,000 USD
10 - 15 Years+22%
205,000 USD
15 - 20 Years+9%
224,000 USD
20+ Years+8%
242,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Construction Project Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Construction Project Manager
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Construction Project Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Construction Project Manager is 99,100 USD per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 191,000 USD per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Construction Project Manager average salary difference by education level in United States

Bachelor's Degree
99,100 USD
Master's Degree+93%
191,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United States costs anywhere from 39,500 US Dollar(s) to 118,000 US Dollar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Construction Project Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Construction Project Manager
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Construction Project Manager employees in United States earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

157,000 USD
169,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Construction Project Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Construction Project Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction Project Manager

Construction Project Manager(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Construction Project Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Construction Project Manager
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A Construction Project Manager is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

13% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 87% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,500 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,200 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Construction Project Manager Average Hourly Wage in United States

79 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 79 USD. This means that the average Construction Project Manager in United States earns approximately 79 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Construction Project Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction Project Manager and Construction / Building / Installation yearly United States
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The average salary for Construction Project Manager is 200% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 42% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator37,700 USD-77%
Assembler30,900 USD-81%
Boat Builder and Shipwright47,500 USD-71%
Bricklayer25,300 USD-85%
Building Administrator41,700 USD-74%
Building Contracts Manager131,000 USD-20%
Building Inspector37,900 USD-77%
Building Monitor30,400 USD-81%
Building Sales Manager128,000 USD-22%
Cabinetmaker33,500 USD-79%
Carpenter34,700 USD-79%
Civil Engineer88,700 USD-46%
Civil Technician45,800 USD-72%
Concreter28,700 USD-82%
Construction and Maintenance Manager73,400 USD-55%
Construction Assistant34,200 USD-79%
Construction Coordinator50,800 USD-69%
Construction Estimator58,100 USD-64%
Construction Field Engineer80,200 USD-51%
Construction General Manager162,000 USD-1%
Construction Inventory Officer30,500 USD-81%
Construction Operations Manager154,000 USD-6%
Construction Project Coordinator93,900 USD-43%
Construction Project Engineer90,900 USD-44%
Construction Project Manager163,000 USD-0%
Construction Project Planner85,200 USD-48%
Construction Quality Control Manager125,000 USD-23%
Construction Safety Officer55,200 USD-66%
Construction Superintendent56,300 USD-66%
Construction Supervisor86,100 USD-47%
Construction Technical Assistant31,900 USD-80%
Construction Technical Officer40,400 USD-75%
Construction Technical Writer36,100 USD-78%
Construction Technician32,100 USD-80%
Crane and Tower Operator32,600 USD-80%
Diesel Mechanic28,100 USD-83%
Drywall Installer31,900 USD-80%
Electrical Draftsman32,700 USD-80%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor103,000 USD-37%
Electrical Engineering Technician38,200 USD-77%
Electrician44,600 USD-73%
Elevator Installer and Repairer40,700 USD-75%
Engineer89,200 USD-45%
Excavator Operator31,400 USD-81%
Floor Finisher36,000 USD-78%
Floor Manager50,200 USD-69%
Foreman25,100 USD-85%
Frame and Truss Detailer27,900 USD-83%
Furniture Finisher30,200 USD-82%
Gas Technician 27,700 USD-83%
Handyman26,100 USD-84%
Health and Safety Coordinator37,300 USD-77%
Health and Safety Officer43,600 USD-73%
Installation Manager108,000 USD-34%
Installer26,200 USD-84%
Insulation Installer32,300 USD-80%
Labourer23,600 USD-86%
Land Surveyor38,600 USD-76%
Lift Technician30,800 USD-81%
Material Tester44,800 USD-73%
Model Maker47,500 USD-71%
Order Picker27,400 USD-83%
Painter29,100 USD-82%
Pipe Layer25,600 USD-84%
Pipefitter26,300 USD-84%
Plumber32,200 USD-80%
Property Coordinator73,000 USD-55%
Purchasing Manager104,000 USD-36%
Quantity Surveyor57,000 USD-65%
Roof Slater and Tiler27,900 USD-83%
Sheet Metal Mechanic31,700 USD-81%
Site Clerk30,900 USD-81%
Site engineer77,300 USD-53%
Site Leader137,000 USD-16%
Stock Controller43,700 USD-73%
Structural Steel Construction Worker33,300 USD-80%
Technical Draughtsman33,700 USD-79%
Tendering Manager136,000 USD-17%
Tower Crane Operator31,100 USD-81%
Wall and Floor Tiler29,800 USD-82%
Warehouse Manager97,100 USD-41%
Welder25,700 USD-84%
Welding Superintendent34,500 USD-79%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta144,000 USD
Austin179,000 USD
Baltimore161,000 USD
Boston162,000 USD
Bristol133,000 USD
Chicago194,000 USD
Cincinnati134,000 USD
Cleveland141,000 USD
Dallas184,000 USD
Denver170,000 USD
Detroit159,000 USD
Honolulu131,000 USD
Houston178,000 USD
Indianapolis175,000 USD
Iowa City124,000 USD
Jacksonville167,000 USD
Kansas City147,000 USD
Kent127,000 USD
Las Vegas159,000 USD
Long Beach146,000 USD
Los Angeles197,000 USD
Memphis153,000 USD
Miami141,000 USD
Minneapolis140,000 USD
New Orleans138,000 USD
New York191,000 USD
Oakland141,000 USD
Oklahoma City158,000 USD
Orlando138,000 USD
Philadelphia178,000 USD
Phoenix191,000 USD
Sacramento152,000 USD
San Antonio189,000 USD
San Diego185,000 USD
San Francisco173,000 USD
San Jose180,000 USD
Seattle162,000 USD
Tampa146,000 USD
Vancouver137,000 USD
Washington D.C.162,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama165,000 USD
Alaska143,000 USD
Arizona168,000 USD
Arkansas154,000 USD
California173,000 USD
Colorado155,000 USD
Connecticut164,000 USD
Delaware151,000 USD
District of Columbia146,000 USD
Florida180,000 USD
Georgia175,000 USD
Hawaii148,000 USD
Idaho146,000 USD
Illinois171,000 USD
Indiana161,000 USD
Iowa163,000 USD
Kansas161,000 USD
Kentucky164,000 USD
Louisiana162,000 USD
Maine148,000 USD
Maryland165,000 USD
Massachusetts163,000 USD
Michigan168,000 USD
Minnesota157,000 USD
Mississippi161,000 USD
Missouri171,000 USD
Montana150,000 USD
Nebraska153,000 USD
Nevada154,000 USD
New Hampshire146,000 USD
New Jersey168,000 USD
New Mexico148,000 USD
New York170,000 USD
North Carolina164,000 USD
North Dakota146,000 USD
Ohio179,000 USD
Oklahoma161,000 USD
Oregon159,000 USD
Pennsylvania175,000 USD
Rhode Island142,000 USD
South Carolina157,000 USD
South Dakota139,000 USD
Tennessee160,000 USD
Texas186,000 USD
Utah156,000 USD
Vermont144,000 USD
Virginia172,000 USD
Washington169,000 USD
West Virginia148,000 USD
Wisconsin160,000 USD
Wyoming134,000 USD
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