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How much does a Site Manager Earn?
Many site managers work as independent contractors. Their daily rate varies from 225 to 400 pounds per day. A full time site manager may earn 40,000.00 pounds annually or more. A background in construction is helpful for a site manager, as it will give insight into the process of the build and will establish an understanding of what needs to be done.
Site managers for larger companies are often required to travel to various build sites. They would be temporarily housed in a location near the build for the duration of the project. Depending on the scope of the project, this could require months of relocation and must be taken into consideration before agreeing to the position. Travelling from once job site to another is not uncommon for an experienced site manager often with no break in between.
A typical site manager works a 40 plus hour work week. Most construction projects start early in the day, and so finish earlier, but the site manager is often still working after construction has stopped for the day. Site managers generally work to prepare for the next working day – ensuring equipment and supplies are available, that work is being done to code and that the process is on schedule. This may require work after-hours and on weekends, depending on the project and the time schedule. Keeping the staffing portion of the budget in check is another important part of the site manager’s job and maintaining adequate work personnel while not going over budget requires a skillful handling of scheduling and coordination.
Construction and project sites are long term work sites that generally work no matter what the weather conditions are. This can entail working in rain, cold or heat. Protective clothing can be worn as needed, but the site manager will be expected to ensure the work is continuing. This may require the site manager to be on the worksite performing routine inspections, meeting with sub-contractors or arranging delivery of supplies and equipment.
Safety gear must be worn at all times – by all workers and staff – including the site manager. This may include hard hats, reflective clothing and work boots or other protective footwear. An important responsibility of the site manager is to verify the compliance of the workforce while on the jobsite and to enforce human resource codes for worker safety.
Well-qualified site managers are detail oriented. They are excellent with people, have strong management experience and good decision making skills. A background or heavy experience with computers and various software programs is a must, and working knowledge of building codes and requirements is necessary. In addition, the site manager values being part of a larger team and is comfortable problem solving.
Requirements for a site manager position vary. A background in construction industries is helpful, but not required. Assorted certifications are available that solidify commitment to the industry and offer valuable training in managing a building project. A variety of college degrees lend themselves to a career as a site manager: civil engineering, construction management or building technology for example. Site managers often go on to become project managers or inspectors.
The successful site manager can expect to be in demand. A manager who can deliver a project to completion with minimal problems, on schedule and within budget is likely to have numerous opportunities for work. Honing skills in both the personnel aspects of managing as well as the work related tasks will develop the site manager and increase their potential for advancement.