Construction Site Manager

Career Area: Construction, Extraction, and Architecture

Occupation Group: Construction Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Construction Site Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $72,651

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $77,026

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Runs day-to-day operations on a construction site and controls the short-term schedule on the site. Also performs important quality control and coordinates subcontractors. Often works in cooperation with construction project manager.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina55+14.1%
Nationwide993+11.1%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Construction Site Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Construction Management: Construction Project Management (CM) is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.
  • Quality Assurance and Control: Working experience with processes used to measure and assure the quality of a product and ensuring products and services meet consumer expectations.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Construction Site Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Commercial Construction: Commercial construction is the business of building and selling or leasing manufacturing or assembly plants, medical centers, retail shopping centers, and standard space for offices.
  • Renovation: Renovation (also called remodeling) is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure.
  • Building Codes: A building code (also building control or building regulations) is a set of rules that specify the standards for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures.
  • Construction Industry Knowledge: Working experience of Construction Industry Knowledge. Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. It starts with planning, design, and financing; it continues until the project is built and ready for use.
  • Procore: Working experience of Procore. Procore is a construction project management software company founded in 2003, with headquarters in Carpinteria, CA .

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Commercial Construction: Commercial construction is the business of building and selling or leasing manufacturing or assembly plants, medical centers, retail shopping centers, and standard space for offices.
  • Request for Information (RFI): A request for information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
  • Prolog: Prolog is a general-purpose logic programming language associated with artificial intelligence and computational linguistics.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years13%
3 to 5 years49%
6 to 8 years16%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Site Manager
  • Construction Project Manager - Large Scale Type 1 Building Construction
  • Construction Manager, Senior
  • Assistant Site Superintendent
  • Construction Manager - Tri Pointe Homes

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