Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for construction managers in the United States was $97,180. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $56,880 per annum and the highest 10 percent earned more than $169,070.
The heavy and civil engineering construction industry was the highest paying industry, with a median annual salary of $101,730. This was followed by nonresidential building construction ($98,620), specialty trade contractors ($93,650) and residential building construction ($89,000).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Construction managers are responsible hundreds of decisions regarding a construction project. Therefore, they are likely to have high autonomy. Construction managers are likely to have set working hours, and it is therefore unlikely that they will have flexibility over the hours they work. They are likely to, however, have flexibility over how they arrange their day and who they delegate tasks to.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a construction manager, based on average annual salary and the number of jobs available, are:
- Hawaii, where the average annual salary is $135,100
- Alaska where the average annual salary is $123,515
- Idaho, where the average annual salary is $94,507
- Oregon, where the average annual salary is $99,826
- Washington, where the average annual salary is $103,333
The worst states to be a construction manager, according to Zippia, are Missouri, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
38% of all construction managers in the United States were self-employed workers. A futher 17% were employed by speciality trade contractors, 16% by nonresidential building construction, 10% by residential building construction and 8% by heavy and civil engineering construction.
Construction managers may have a main office. However, they will spend most of their time in a field office onsite. From here, they will monitor projects and make decisions about construction activities. If they manage multiple projects, they must visit different worksites which may require travelling out of state of being away from home for extended periods.