Construction, Extraction, and Architecture


Construction Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages construction projects from project planning through completion. Manages project budget and schedule; works closely with architects, engineers, trades workers, and clients; supervises construction on site and manages subcontractors; coordinates permits and regulatory compliance as needed for projects.

Job Outlook

There were 1659 Construction Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 41813 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Construction Manager industry, which includes the Construction Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:


Many new Construction Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.


The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,840.


The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,217.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Construction Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $54,020.

Education and Experience

Posted Construction Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree6%
Bachelor's Degree55%
Master's Degree6%
Doctoral Degree0%

Posted Construction Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20%
3 to 5 years52%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years16%


Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Construction Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Microsoft Office (22%)
  • Microsoft Excel (22%)
  • Planning (22%)
  • Organizational Skills (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Project Management (39%)
  • Scheduling (39%)
  • Budgeting (38%)
  • Construction Management (37%)
  • Contract Review (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Occupational Health and Safety (14%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (13%)
  • Repair (11%)
  • Customer Service (11%)
  • Cost Control (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Microsoft Project (6%)
  • Cost Estimation (6%)
  • Building Codes (5%)
  • Renovation (5%)
  • Construction Industry Knowledge (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Construction Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Contractor
  • Installation Contractor
  • General Contractor

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Construction Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Leaffilter (339)
  • Mastec Incorporated (258)
  • Hcl Technologies (233)
  • Black & Veatch (176)
  • Lennar Corporation (159)

North Carolina

  • Flatiron Construction (28)
  • Hcl Technologies (21)
  • Criteria Construction (16)
  • Stier Supply Company (15)
  • Century Communities (13)

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