What does a Construction Manager do?

Construction managers plan for, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Construction managers coordinate and supervise various construction projects, which includes the building of all types of public residential, commercial, and industrial structures in addition to roads, memorials, and bridges.

Construction managers oversee the construction phase of a project, but they may also consult with a client during the design phase to help refine plans and control project costs. They are responsible for the oversight of specialized contractors and additional personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that a project meets the client's design specifications. They ensure projects stay on time and within the allotted budget, and interact with lawyers and local government officials where appropriate. They work in tandem with other building specialists including an architect or civil engineer and various trade workers including electricians or carpenters. They create and manage a budget for each project which keeps supplies, materials, and labor in mind. They are responsible for maintaining a line of communication with their clients throughout the process. Construction managers need a minimum bachelor’s degree, relevant experience and on-the-job training.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Construction Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£55,351 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £55K
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Construction Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Construction Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Construction Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
New York EngineersNew York Engineers
1 Aug 2020

“4. A good percentage of your salary is a performance bonus which you can never claim.”

SBA CommunicationsSBA Communications
Construction Supervisor
27 Dec 2019

“If you have a good rapport with your 1st level manager and do a good job with your projects you will be treated well.”

Construction Manager
8 Dec 2020

“Strong and good support work and team work”

Hughes GroupHughes Group
Director of Construction
14 Feb 2021

“Great place to work and everyone is helpful”

D3 (NY)
Construction Manager
18 May 2021

“D3 was my first employer engineering employer out of college and they actively recruited at colleges.”

D.R. HortonD.R. Horton
Construction Manager
31 Jul 2021

“All walk throughs and anything not done at closing you will get done before you get your bonus.”

Sita Construction
Construction Manager
5 Jul 2020

“Good and profit learning upgrade for intial career it good”

Construction Manager
14 Nov 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a construction manager

When working as a construction manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Cost Estimates, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Outlook, Reviews and Quantity Surveying.

The most similar professions to construction manager are:
  • Carpenter
  • Foreman
  • Construction
  • Construction Superintendent

The most common qualifications to become a construction 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.