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Managing a construction project from start to finish is a weighty responsibility, and construction managers make comfortable salaries. In 2012, their average salary was $90,960. The median salary was $82,790, the highest-paid in the profession made $144,520 and those earning bottom-rung salaries still earned about $50,000. The top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Ocean City, N.J., Vineland, N.J., and Philadelphia.

Job Salary Year
2004 $79,290.00
2006 $82,910.00
2008 $89,560.00
2010 $94,000.00
2012 $90,960.00

Average Construction Manager Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

Construction managers are paid very well compared with other construction jobs. With a median salary of $82,790 and an average salary of $90,960, construction managers earn more than most electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Cost estimators, who also do some of the planning and budgeting for a construction project, earned an average salary of $63,080, and architects, who contribute at the planning and blueprinting stage, earned $78,690 in 2012.

Job Name Salary
Construction Manager $82,790.00
Architect $73,090.00
Cost Estimator $58,860.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Plumber $49,140.00
Carpenter $39,940.00

Best Paying Cities for Construction Managers

The highest paid in the construction manager profession work in the metropolitan areas of Ocean City, N.J., Vineland, N.J., and Philadelphia. The Mount Vernon, Wash. area also pays well, as does the city of Edison and New Brunswick, N.J.

Ocean City, N.J.

Average Salary: $139,200 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction manager working in Ocean City, N.J. is $139,200, which is $56,410 more than the average pay in the profession.

Vineland, N.J.

Average Salary: $137,090 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction manager working in Vineland, N.J. is $137,090, which is $54,300 more than the average pay in the profession.

Philadelphia

Average Salary: $130,980 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction manager working in Philadelphia is $130,980, which is $48,190 more than the average pay in the profession.

Mount Vernon, Wash.

Average Salary: $128,920 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction manager working in Mount Vernon, Wash. is $128,920, which is $46,130 more than the average pay in the profession.

Edison and New Brunswick, N.J.

Average Salary: $128,450 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a construction manager working in Edison and New Brunswick, N.J. is $128,450, which is $45,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Jada A. Graves.


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