What does a Construction Project Manager do?

Construction project managers are responsible for ensuring the timely and costly completion of construction projects by overseeing all phases of the project. This entails working with a variety of stakeholders to schedule and plan work, coordinate equipment and materials, operate within budget, and monitor overall progress. Construction project managers are ofterntimes at the construction site for much of the work week.

Construction project managers generally need to have a Bachelor's degree in building construction, construction management, civil engineering, or architecture. Construction project managers must be comfortable delegating and have strong leadership skills.

What responsibilities are common for Construction Project Manager jobs?
  • Determine and define scope of work and deliverables
  • Predict resources needed to complete project
  • Obtain necessary permits, approvals, and other regulatory prerequisites
  • Draft and submit budget based on scope of work and resource requirements
  • Manage costs in order to meet budget
  • Provide direction over contracts and subcontracts
  • Manage construction schedule and activities
  • Issue progress updates as needed regarding costs and timelines
  • Ensure work is done in compliance with all relevant building and safety codes
  • Select and manage subcontractor and supplier relationships
  • Coordinate efforts across entire project between architects, designers, engineers, and subcontractors
What are the typical qualifications for Construction Project Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in Building Construction, Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or Architecture
  • 5-7 years of experience in project management within construction
  • Comfortable reading and understading blueprints and drawings
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and general computer software
  • Demonstrated knowledge of construction, engineering, and architecture principles
  • Ability to budget, schedule, negotiate, and control costs
  • High degree of familiarity with contract and subcontract documents, terms, and conditions
  • Strong leadership and management skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Construction Project Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$86,766 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$60K
Median: $87K
$125K
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Construction Project Manager Career Path

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L2
Construction Project Manager
$86,766/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2%
2 - 4
27%
5 - 7
42%
8+
29%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Construction Project Manager Insights

Read what Construction Project Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
ColliersColliers
Construction Project Manager
Jul 29, 2021

“Work hours ( Nights/ Weekends) needed to do your job is far beyond reasonable.”

Blattner EnergyBlattner Energy
Field Construction Coordinator
Mar 6, 2022

“Good compensation and one of the best in the industry”

Dufferin Construction CompanyDufferin Construction Company
Construction Coordinator
Aug 19, 2020

“Good Company to bulid career and experience”

Kare PlusKare Plus
Construction Coordinator
Feb 23, 2020

“Nice place to work and build your career”

Environmental StoneworksEnvironmental Stoneworks
Construction Project Manager
Dec 18, 2019

“Its expensive but good insurance.”

AECOMAECOM
Construction Project Manager
Apr 8, 2022

“I get to work on some of the most rewarding projects where the finish product enriches human lives abundantly.”

Dilluso Builders
Construction Project Manager
Nov 1, 2021

“Excellent project and milestone production incentives.”

Strathcona ResourcesStrathcona Resources
Construction Coordinator
Apr 22, 2022

“Opportunity for growth and personal development.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Construction Project Manager

The most similar professions to Construction Project Manager are:
  • Foreman
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Superintendent

The most common qualifications to become a Construction Project Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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