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What do construction managers actually earn?

Kathrin Ivens
Kathrin Ivens
Published on 4th Jul 202410 min read

Do you work as a construction manager and wonder if you deserve what you get? Or are you considering whether a career as a construction manager is a worthwhile step for you? Then you should read our article. We've compiled the key factors that influence your salary and give you the specific numbers.

Stop: Before we get into the numbers, do you actually know what the daily tasks of a construction manager include? If not, take another look at this article: tasks of construction managers.

And remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Here we have compiled for you what a site manager is liable for: construction managers' liability.

But now back to the merits of site managers. They are irreplaceable on construction sites. Thanks to them, things run smoothly. Or maybe not, because the number of vacant positions has grown considerably in recent years. But to put it the other way around: Your chances of making it as a construction manager have never been better. If you do, you can expect an average salary of around 60,300 euros a year. The range is around 51,000 euros at the lower end and 72,000 euros at the upper end.

Experience pays off

As in all jobs, experience has the greatest influence on salary in construction management. As a newcomer, however, you can ask for something between 46,000 and 66,000 euros/year with a clear conscience. The range is immense. It depends on many different factors.

Across all federal states, however, you can assume the following order of magnitude:

  • 3 years of professional experience: The salary is between 48,000 and 70,000 euros.
  • 5 years of professional experience: The salary is between 51,000 and 72,000 euros.
  • 10 years of professional experience: The salary is between 60,500 and 86,000 euros.

The classification according to years of professional experience is transparent and understandable. Things get a little fuzzier with these categories:

  • Junior site manager: 46,300 and 66,000 euros, the average is 54,100 euros.
  • Site manager with work experience: 54,100 and 75,400 euros, the average is 63,100 euros.
  • Senior construction manager: 61,900 and 84,700 euros, the average is 72,000 euros.

This classification fits well with the salaries possible by years, which we have described above. How exactly you sell yourself will then depend on your negotiations. We hope that our tips will help you to demand a realistic salary.

More money with a university degree?

Whether a degree prepares you better for work on a construction site remains to be seen. But it's clear that many companies - especially the big ones - use academic titles to boost their salaries. We have listed the levels below as examples. Then you can see whether your salary matches your education and at the same time you can check whether the next career step would also be noticeable in your account.

  • With a completed apprenticeship: 32,500 and 45,000 euros, the average is 37,900 euros.
  • With a bachelor's degree: 44,000 and 62,000 euros, the average is 51,800 euros.
  • With a master's degree: 48,500 and 69,000 euros, the average is 57,000 euros.
  • With a doctor's degree (PHD): 53,000 and 75,600 euros, the average is 62,000 euros.

More money through a move?

In addition to experience and degree, the place of residence can also have a very banal impact on salary. You can read about the advantages of living in the south of Germany here: construction manager salary in Bavaria.

But of course, we have also compiled the salary differences for construction managers in all federal states here.

  • Baden-Württemberg: from 57,700 to 80,000 euros (average starting salary: 67,400 euros)
  • Bavaria: from 67,400 to 77,300 euros (average starting salary: 65,100 euros)
  • Berlin: from 50,600 to 71,300 euros (average starting salary: 59,900 euros)
  • Brandenburg: from 48,400 to 68,300 (average starting salary: 57,400 euros)
  • Bremen: from 51,800 to 72,800 euros (average starting salary: 61,100 euros)
  • Hamburg: from 52,600 to 73,900 euros (average starting salary: 62100 euros)
  • Hesse: from 55,700 to 78,100 euros (average starting salary: 65,600 euros)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: from 43,500 to 61,000 euros (average starting salary: 51,300 euros)
  • Lower Saxony: from 48,300 to 67,800 euros (average starting salary: 57,000 euros)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: from 51,500 to 72,200 euros (average starting salary: 60,700 euros)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: from 49,500 to 69,500 euros (average starting salary: 58,400 euros)
  • Saarland: from 49,800 to 69,800 euros (average starting salary: 58,700 euros)
  • Saxony: from 45,000 to 63,100 euros (average starting salary: 53,000 euros)
  • Saxony-Anhalt: from 42,200 to 59,200 euros (average starting salary: 49,800 euros)
  • Schleswig-Holstein: from 49,500 to 69,500 euros (average starting salary: 58,400 euros)
  • Thuringia: from 42,700 to 59,900 euros (average starting salary: 50,400 euros)

More net from gross

But whether moving for a better salary is worth it is, of course, another matter entirely. After all, in many states that pay very well, the cost of living is also higher. Beyond that, of course, there are many other ways your boss can support you without raising your salary. Perhaps the first thing you can ask for is a gas or grocery voucher. Your employer can also provide up to 50 euros a month tax-free. That means he pays 50 euros and you get 50 euros. You save on taxes and your boss saves on non-wage labor costs.

But of course there are many other factors that determine whether you are happy at your workplace. Because one thing is clear: the latest machines and the best colleagues are priceless anyway.