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Construction Managers

Construction managers plan, oversee, coordinate and develop budgets for a wide array of construction projects. Construction managers coordinate and oversee the construction project beginning with the conceptual development stage all the way through the final construction. They're objective is complete the project within budget and on time. Some sample job titles include constructors, project managers, general contractors and project engineers.

Construction managers are involved with the construction of residential, industrial and commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges. Construction managers may oversee the entire construction project or just one or several portions of the project, especially on large projects. They're responsible for scheduling and coordinating construction procedures including the hiring of specialty trade contractors.

Responsibilities

  • Direct and observe the progress of construction activities
  • Determine the best way to get materials to the construction site
  • Oversee the work of trade contractors
  • Determine the most cost effective plan and schedule for completing the construction project
  • Determine the labor requirements for a project
  • Estimate the time and budget requirements to meet deadlines
  • Oversee the selection of trade contractors and general contractors
  • Try to get the construction project completed on schedule
  • Obtain all required permits and licenses

Job Characteristics

Construction managers work from a main office or from an office at the construction site. They collaborate with engineers, architects, property owners, contracting firm managers and developers. They need good communication and interpersonal skills. They also need to be able to give clear directions.

Sometimes construction managers have to travel between two different sites they are managing. They might have extensive travel when the main office is not close to the construction site. Some construction managers work in a foreign country and have a temporary residence. Construction managers are often on call 24 hours a day. They may have to deal with emergencies on the job site. They sometimes work more than 40 hours a week.

Employment Outlook

Employment of construction managers is forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to increase by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018 which is faster than average for all occupations.

The desire to make buildings more energy efficient should create more demand for construction managers that are involved with retrofitting buildings. More demand for construction managers may also occur due to replacing portions of the country's infrastructure including roads, bridges and water and sewer pipes.

In 2008 the median annual wages of salaried construction managers was $79,860. The highest paid 10 percent earned over $145,920. Some construction managers receive a salary and others are self-employed managers. Approximately 60 percent of construction managers are self-employed.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

A bachelor's degree in construction management, construction science, civil engineering or building science is becoming the norm for construction manager positions. However, some experienced construction workers may be able to move up to a managerial position, particularly those that have an appropriate associate degree or related college coursework along with construction experience. Practical experience is very important for the profession.

Construction supervisors and owners of speciality contracting firms sometimes become construction managers. However, due to construction processes becoming increasingly complex, employers are giving more emphasis to specialized education. Those with degrees in architecture and engineering that have gained experience on construction projects also enter construction management.

Graduates of bachelor's degree programs typically begin their careers as assistant project managers, field engineers, cost estimators or schedulers.

Bachelor's degree programs include classes in site planning, project control, construction methods, design, cost estimating, contract administration, building codes and standards, and value analysis. They also provide courses in accounting, architectural sciences, information technology, mathematics, statistics, business and financial management and other subjects.

Some colleges and universities offer a master's degree in construction management or construction science. Those with a master's degree and construction experience usually become construction managers for very large construction or construction management companies. Numerous two-year colleges provide construction management or construction technology programs.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary job providing sectors are nonresidential building construction, building equipment contractors, specialty trade contractors; foundation, structure and building exterior contractors; residential building construction, construction management firms, contracting companies, property owners and developers.

Schools for Construction Managers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Construction Managers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Construction Managers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 1060 $90,770
Hoover 1060 $90,770
Mobile 370 $74,230
Huntsville 180 $70,530
Montgomery 150 $96,210
Fairhope 90 $67,780
Foley 90 $67,780
Daphne 90 $67,780
Tuscaloosa 90 $82,820
Florence 80 $73,380
Muscle Shoals 80 $73,380
Dothan 70 $66,700
Decatur 70 $77,590
Auburn 50 $69,850
Opelika 50 $69,850
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 620 $123,990
Fairbanks 170 $96,090
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 3810 $85,720
Mesa 3810 $85,720
Phoenix 3810 $85,720
Tucson 420 $82,780
Prescott 120 $51,020
Flagstaff 100 $60,320
Yuma 50 $83,070
Douglas 50 $104,930
Sierra Vista 50 $104,930
Lake Havasu City N/A $50,040
Kingman N/A $50,040
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 580 $68,960
North Little Rock 580 $68,960
Little Rock 580 $68,960
Jonesboro 50 $64,280
Hot Springs N/A $58,500
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 9950 $93,880
Anaheim 9950 $93,880
Los Angeles 9950 $93,880
Hayward 5260 $120,220
San Francisco 5260 $120,220
Oakland 5260 $120,220
San Diego 3410 $87,780
Carlsbad 3410 $87,780
Ontario 2300 $90,780
Riverside 2300 $90,780
San Bernardino 2300 $90,780
Arden 2060 $93,880
Arcade 2060 $93,880
Roseville 2060 $93,880
Sacramento 2060 $93,880
Santa Clara 1740 $121,450
Sunnyvale 1740 $121,450
San Jose 1740 $121,450
Bakersfield 710 $82,660
Ventura 510 $97,710
Oxnard 510 $97,710
Thousand Oaks 510 $97,710
Fresno 480 $77,030
Lodi 380 $81,180
Stockton 380 $81,180
Santa Rosa 380 $93,310
Santa Maria 330 $97,170
Santa Barbara 330 $97,170
Modesto 300 $73,160
San Luis Obispo 240 $93,490
Paso Robles 240 $93,490
Arroyo Grande 240 $93,490
Fairfield 200 $106,360
Vallejo 200 $106,360
Salinas 160 $83,260
Watsonville 150 $98,360
Santa Cruz 150 $98,360
Porterville 140 $74,430
Visalia 140 $74,430
Napa 130 $95,230
Merced 120 $73,070
Redding 100 $77,930
Chico 100 $111,550
Yuba City 40 $90,750
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 3890 $89,940
Lakewood 3890 $89,940
Denver 3890 $89,940
Colorado Springs 450 $85,220
Fort Collins 400 $76,960
Boulder 280 $65,640
Greeley 230 $72,650
Pueblo 100 $80,270
Grand Junction 80 $74,050
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 1110 $93,100
East Hartford 1110 $93,100
West Hartford 1110 $93,100
Bridgeport 790 $113,830
Norwalk 790 $113,830
Stamford 790 $113,830
New Haven 440 $108,160
Danbury 140 $78,650
Waterbury 50 $94,250
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 30 $92,570
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 5950 $86,920
Miami 5950 $86,920
Fort Lauderdale 5950 $86,920
Sanford 2420 $78,460
Kissimmee 2420 $78,460
Orlando 2420 $78,460
Clearwater 2370 $73,860
Tampa 2370 $73,860
St. Petersburg 2370 $73,860
Jacksonville 1230 $76,870
North Port 870 $77,170
Sarasota 870 $77,170
Bradenton 870 $77,170
Fort Myers 810 $71,450
Cape Coral 810 $71,450
Immokalee 710 $77,490
Naples 710 $77,490
Marco Island 710 $77,490
Ferry Pass 510 $65,520
Brent 510 $65,520
Pensacola 510 $65,520
Daytona Beach 390 $72,770
Deltona 390 $72,770
Ormond Beach 390 $72,770
Tallahassee 350 $65,880
Lakeland 320 $79,000
Winter Haven 320 $79,000
Palm Bay 310 $93,410
Titusville 310 $93,410
Melbourne 310 $93,410
Port St. Lucie 250 $75,470
Gainesville 220 $71,550
Crestview 220 $74,080
Destin 220 $74,080
Fort Walton Beach 220 $74,080
Ocala 170 $71,320
Punta Gorda 160 $83,830
Panama City 150 $60,300
The Villages 70 $86,320
Vero Beach 70 $97,910
Sebastian 70 $97,910
Homosassa Springs 50 $76,900
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 3470 $92,380
Roswell 3470 $92,380
Atlanta 3470 $92,380
Savannah 140 $83,400
Macon 100 $66,920
Valdosta 80 $73,230
Gainesville 70 $75,390
Clarke County 60 $86,600
Athens 60 $86,600
Warner Robins 40 $67,770
Albany 30 $87,500
Brunswick 30 $89,250
Dalton N/A $67,440
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1230 $94,750
Lahaina 100 $89,290
Wailuku 100 $89,290
Kahului 100 $89,290
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 600 $70,270
Idaho Falls 160 $78,390
Coeur d'Alene 90 $63,520
Pocatello 40 $54,810
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 370 $72,360
Rockford 90 $83,460
Bloomington 90 $84,600
Springfield 80 $77,690
Urbana 70 $74,360
Champaign 70 $74,360
Decatur 50 $92,660
Carbondale 30 $70,520
Marion 30 $70,520
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 2010 $78,280
Carmel 2010 $78,280
Indianapolis 2010 $78,280
Fort Wayne 300 $75,950
Elkhart 110 $64,540
Goshen 110 $64,540
Lafayette 100 $60,500
West Lafayette 100 $60,500
La Porte 100 $67,030
Michigan City 100 $67,030
Columbus 90 $62,560
Terre Haute 80 $70,580
Muncie 70 $63,920
Bloomington 70 $81,940
Kokomo N/A $105,680
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 970 $77,960
Des Moines 970 $77,960
Cedar Rapids 380 $70,560
Cedar Falls 230 $68,180
Waterloo 230 $68,180
Iowa City 180 $60,140
Dubuque 100 $67,650
Ames N/A $46,890
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 510 $68,620
Topeka 190 $72,790
Manhattan 60 $71,210
Lawrence N/A $39,690
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 660 $77,470
Fayette 660 $77,470
Bowling Green 110 $73,270
Owensboro 100 $76,810
Fort Knox 80 $72,670
Elizabethtown 80 $72,670
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 1070 $80,120
New Orleans 1070 $80,120
Baton Rouge 1030 $83,250
Bossier City 310 $80,800
Shreveport 310 $80,800
Lake Charles 260 $77,450
Lafayette 210 $73,900
Houma 150 $83,900
Thibodaux 150 $83,900
Monroe 120 $63,390
Alexandria 80 $60,620
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 450 $76,990
Portland 450 $76,990
Bangor 120 $65,500
Auburn 60 $86,440
Lewiston 60 $86,440
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 3070 $92,750
Towson 3070 $92,750
Columbia 3070 $92,750
Lexington Park 50 $96,750
California 50 $96,750
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 210 $74,450
New Bedford 40 $93,540
Pittsfield 40 $97,230
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 2210 $83,560
Detroit 2210 $83,560
Dearborn 2210 $83,560
Grand Rapids 540 $79,310
Wyoming 540 $79,310
East Lansing 190 $77,460
Lansing 190 $77,460
Ann Arbor 180 $96,830
Flint 130 $86,240
Portage 130 $88,730
Kalamazoo 130 $88,730
Muskegon 50 $86,380
Monroe 50 $94,470
Midland 40 $73,190
Bay City 40 $74,060
Saginaw 40 $79,750
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 180 $76,420
Rochester 90 $85,910
North Mankato 50 $68,420
Mankato 50 $68,420
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 310 $61,450
Gulfport 270 $67,990
Pascagoula 270 $67,990
Biloxi 270 $67,990
Hattiesburg 80 $64,690
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 230 $51,920
Columbia 200 $74,650
Jefferson City 110 $66,340
Joplin 90 $66,840
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 130 $78,300
Missoula 70 $70,170
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 440 $74,700
Grand Island 50 $67,610
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 2090 $75,910
Henderson 2090 $75,910
Las Vegas 2090 $75,910
Reno 600 $76,390
Carson City 70 $80,130
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 300 $91,070
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 300 $120,480
Hammonton 160 $144,150
Atlantic City 160 $144,150
Bridgeton 50 $120,010
Vineland 50 $120,010
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 800 $77,560
Farmington 150 $103,300
Las Cruces 100 $62,640
Santa Fe 70 $71,080
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 730 $75,300
Troy 730 $75,300
Schenectady 730 $75,300
Rochester 620 $71,530
Niagara Falls 580 $76,960
Buffalo 580 $76,960
Cheektowaga 580 $76,960
Syracuse 390 $81,530
Binghamton 90 $74,580
Utica 40 N/A
Rome 40 N/A
Fort Drum 40 $66,330
Watertown 40 $66,330
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1680 $88,620
Greensboro 550 $82,550
High Point 550 $82,550
Chapel Hill 340 $82,400
Durham 340 $82,400
Salem 310 $92,940
Winston 310 $92,940
Wilmington 210 $80,420
Greenville 120 $79,260
Asheville 120 $86,290
Fayetteville 80 $79,380
Rocky Mount 80 $89,780
Morganton 60 $82,480
Hickory 60 $82,480
Lenoir 60 $82,480
Jacksonville 60 $91,370
Burlington 40 $77,520
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 190 $71,440
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1880 $91,300
Elyria 1760 $85,210
Cleveland 1760 $85,210
Toledo 600 $74,250
Dayton 550 $82,200
Akron 530 $77,890
Massillon 210 $68,940
Canton 210 $68,940
Mansfield 70 $84,400
Lima 60 $92,020
Springfield 40 $85,420
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1560 $69,180
Tulsa 1020 $71,740
Lawton 50 $61,380
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 460 $80,740
Eugene 280 $74,910
Redmond 220 $100,710
Bend 220 $100,710
Medford 150 $72,990
Corvallis 90 $62,350
Albany 80 $84,260
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1540 $97,320
Lancaster 380 $84,390
Hanover 340 $81,800
York 340 $81,800
Carlisle 270 $84,090
Harrisburg 270 $84,090
Barre 180 $106,640
Hazleton 180 $106,640
Wilkes 180 $106,640
Scranton 180 $106,640
Reading 160 $106,680
State College 80 $79,450
Erie 70 $61,910
Williamsport 70 $87,330
Altoona 50 $74,630
Gettysburg 40 $81,150
Johnstown 30 $70,830
Chambersburg 30 $73,870
Waynesboro 30 $73,870
Bloomsburg N/A $83,070
Berwick N/A $83,070
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 470 $57,520
Carolina 470 $57,520
San Juan 470 $57,520
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 760 $73,660
Anderson 760 $73,660
Greenville 760 $73,660
Charleston 540 $90,930
North Charleston 540 $90,930
Columbia 510 $85,400
Bluffton 140 $93,540
Beaufort 140 $93,540
Hilton Head Island 140 $93,540
Florence 100 $71,090
Spartanburg 80 $73,710
Sumter 30 $70,870
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 110 $86,500
Rapid City 40 $81,820
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 2020 $79,860
Franklin 2020 $79,860
Davidson 2020 $79,860
Nashville 2020 $79,860
Knoxville 750 $88,260
Johnson City 90 $75,350
Jackson 80 $57,120
Morristown 50 $44,400
Cleveland 40 $83,140
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 8590 $85,680
The Woodlands 8590 $85,680
Sugar Land 8590 $85,680
Dallas 7200 $83,370
Arlington 7200 $83,370
Fort Worth 7200 $83,370
New Braunfels 2160 $76,530
San Antonio 2160 $76,530
Austin 1910 $87,470
Round Rock 1910 $87,470
Port Arthur 660 $80,680
Beaumont 660 $80,680
Corpus Christi 540 $79,370
El Paso 360 $60,930
Killeen 310 $59,030
Temple 310 $59,030
Edinburg 280 $76,210
Mission 280 $76,210
McAllen 280 $76,210
Odessa 280 $95,850
Lubbock 260 $81,960
Midland 240 $82,180
Longview 220 $61,930
Waco 160 $75,140
Amarillo 160 $81,970
Tyler 150 $75,560
College Station 150 $91,070
Bryan 150 $91,070
Abilene 80 $65,840
Victoria 80 $71,840
Brownsville 70 $74,010
Harlingen 70 $74,010
San Angelo 70 $88,660
Denison 60 $84,370
Sherman 60 $84,370
Wichita Falls 40 $72,510
Laredo N/A $57,120
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1090 $84,540
Clearfield 420 $69,600
Ogden 420 $69,600
Provo 390 $72,150
Orem 390 $72,150
St. George 30 $59,080
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 190 $80,510
Burlington 190 $80,510
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1030 $88,920
Charlottesville 140 $89,900
Lynchburg 110 $89,650
Harrisonburg 70 $135,700
Staunton 40 $89,620
Waynesboro 40 $89,620
Christiansburg N/A $79,560
Blacksburg N/A $79,560
Radford N/A $79,560
Roanoke N/A $85,630
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 4250 $95,550
Seattle 4250 $95,550
Tacoma 4250 $95,550
Spokane 290 $79,750
Spokane Valley 290 $79,750
Richland 260 $103,580
Kennewick 260 $103,580
Mount Vernon 170 $85,030
Anacortes 170 $85,030
Bellingham 160 $89,020
Silverdale 100 $88,840
Bremerton 100 $88,840
Olympia 70 $101,600
Tumwater 70 $101,600
Longview 60 $89,700
Yakima 40 $88,520
Wenatchee N/A $85,070
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 90 $79,910
Morgantown 50 $86,690
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 780 $101,180
Milwaukee 780 $101,180
Waukesha 780 $101,180
Madison 530 $86,180
Green Bay 160 $66,770
Beloit 100 $88,720
Janesville 100 $88,720
Fond du Lac 80 $86,860
Wausau 50 $79,450
Eau Claire N/A $100,010
Oshkosh N/A $102,100
Neenah N/A $102,100
Appleton N/A $133,960
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 50 $85,880
Casper 50 $88,680

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Construction Managers

To find out more about building a career as Construction Managers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Construction Managers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Construction 94,840 43% $77,890
Construction Trades 63,620 28% $79,750
Civil Engineering 24,160 10% $82,920
Professional And Technical Services 12,130 5% $85,430
Government 8,360 3% $72,580
Real Estate 4,850 2% $89,660
Business Management 3,000 1% $88,570
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