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Construction, Extraction, and Architecture

 

Pre-Construction Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Leads planning of a construction project before the building begins. Estimates costs of construction, as well as participating in design decisions, evaluations, studies, value engineering and analysis, scheduling, constructability reviews, and more. May also negotiate for project construction services.

Job Outlook

There were 28 Pre-Construction Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 529 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Pre-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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $88,430.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,831.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Pre-Construction Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $79,160.

Education and Experience

Posted Pre-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 Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree83%
Master's Degree5%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other11%

Posted Pre-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 years9%
3 to 5 years40%
6 to 8 years34%
9+ years18%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Pre-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.

  • Microsoft Office (47%)
  • Organizational Skills (46%)
  • Communication Skills (36%)
  • Microsoft Excel (30%)
  • Problem Solving (29%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Construction Management (82%)
  • Estimating (68%)
  • Scheduling (64%)
  • Budgeting (58%)
  • Project Management (54%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Design-Build (15%)
  • Project Planning and Development Skills (13%)
  • Business Development (13%)
  • Sales (11%)
  • Staff Management (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • New Construction (6%)
  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (5%)
  • Primavera (5%)
  • Project Design (5%)
  • Construction Industry Knowledge (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Heavy Industrial Project Experience (2%) – marginal value $4,900
  • New Construction (6%) – marginal value $2,625
  • Request for Information (RFI) (4%) – marginal value $2,504
  • Primavera (5%) – marginal value $2,256
  • Contract Review (36%) – marginal value $2,062

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Electrical Pre-Construction Manager
  • Senior Pre-Construction Manager
  • Multifamily Pre Construction Project Manager
  • Pre-Construction Project Manager

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 Pre-Construction Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Thompson Creek Window Company (25)
  • Amazon (24)
  • Atomic (7)
  • Brightview (6)
  • Stanley Black & Decker (5)

North Carolina

  • Brightview (1)
  • Chadco Builders Llc (1)
  • Gray Construction Incorporated (1)
  • Lennar Corporation (1)
  • Mechanical Systems & Se (1)

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