What does a Construction Superintendent do?

A construction superintendent is responsible for the daily operations of a construction site from planning projects to overseeing their completion. Duties vary depending on the type of construction each business conducts, but generally tasks include scheduling work to proceed according to a strict timeline, conducting audits and checks to ensure that work corresponds with blueprints or client requests, and monitoring safety and compliance.

To be a construction superintendent, you need an associate degree and at least three years of construction field experience. You should be able to set priorities and use time effectively, especially when challenges arise. You must be professional and communicate effectively with subcontractors and vendors. You should be familiar with the operation of construction tools and machinery and be able to physically lift up to 100 lbs. The job may include traveling to different work sites and working in various climate conditions.

  • Coordinate scheduling of subcontractors, consultants, inspectors and vendors to complete each project on time
  • Monitor work and materials to ensure quality control standards are met at various stages of the project
  • Communicate with the project team and support each subcontractor to execute his job duties effectively and efficiently
  • Perform inspections or schedule inspectors to meet the varying safety and compliance regulations of each job location
  • Maintain a written daily log of visitors, job actions performed, materials expended, and problems resolved on the job site
  • Travel between multiple job sites and simultaneously manage work loads of individual projects
  • Identify and resolve problems and conflicts, organizing meetings and cooperating with team members in various roles as necessary
  • Set an example in keeping the job seat organized and clean, including meeting standards for waste disposal and environmental protection
  • Basic knowledge of software programs, such as Master Builder, Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to write reports and professional correspondence to vendors, government officials, and clients
  • Good reading comprehension for technical documents, such as safety regulations, assembly and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, especially when addressing customers, clients or official visitors to the website
  • Keen eye to identify non-compliance with regulations or standards and ability to suggest solutions for deficiencies or problems
  • Familiarity with the operation of office equipment, such as digital cameras, fax machines, computers, copiers, and telephones
  • Ability to stand for several hours at a time and to walk in varying climate conditions and on uneven ground
  • Experience with managing demanding clients and offering creative solutions to meet commitments and requests
  • Capacity to physically lift up to 100 lbs
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Construction Superintendent Salaries

Average Base Pay

$101,042 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$63K
Median: $101K
$162K
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Construction Superintendent Career Path

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Read what Construction Superintendent professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Metropolitan Police ServiceMetropolitan Police Service
Detective Superintendent
Jun. 30, 2021

“Career development is not structured and depends very much the support you have from managers.”

Richard Avelar & Associates
Superintendent
Aug. 13, 2019

“Culture is terrible and will never get better because that's the way the owner runs the ship.”

Nashawtuc Country Club
Assistant Superintendent
Jan. 26, 2021

“Troy runs an awesome squad and they produce some of the best golf course conditions in the state.”

Engelke Construction SolutionEngelke Construction Solution
Traveling Superintendent
May 17, 2021

“Management really tries to let you manage your project as you would want to within reason.”

Engelke Construction SolutionEngelke Construction Solution
Traveling Superintendent
May 17, 2021

“Everyone is really nice and great to work with.”

Bartlett Cocke General ContractorsBartlett Cocke General Contractors
Construction Assistant Superintendent
Mar. 3, 2021

“Good and honest people to work with.”

Joy Construction Joy Construction
Assistant Superintendent
Oct. 20, 2020

“Good people to work with understanding and nice.”

LGE Design BuildLGE Design Build
Construction Superintendent
Feb. 3, 2020

“I came from the rough carpentry side and had the opportunity to take the next step in my career.”

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The most common qualifications to become a construction superintendent 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.