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Top 10 Highest Paying Construction Careers

By Stephanie Stover on April 25th, 2013 in Construction | Join the conversation

Interested in a construction career? Find out about the Top 10 Highest Paying Construction Careers, what they do and what education you need to start your career.

1) Senior Project Manager

Average Salary: $125,000+

Education: Post secondary education is expected in this role. A bachelors degree in Construction Science or similar is the norm. Senior managers often need a master’s degree.

Job Description: A senior project manager plans and organizes the construction project, establishes company objectives, approves policies, selects middle managers, Coordinates work, and represents the company in negotiations and other functions.

 

2) Architect

Average Salary: $66,000 – $95,000

Education: Post secondary education required. A bachelors degree or a diploma from a vocational school is preferred, as well as an internship.

Job Description: An architect conceptualizes plans and creates designs to construct and renovate commercial, institutional and residential buildings.

 

3) Civil Engineer

Average Salary: $66,000 – $95,000

Education: A bachelor’s degree or civil engineering diploma with related experience is required.

Job Description: A civil engineer plans, designs, develops and manages projects to construct or repair buildings, bridges, highways, and other structures.

 

4) Construction Manager

Average Salary: $66,000 – $95,000

Education: Post secondary education is preferred when employers choose a construction manager. A bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Construction Science, Civil Engineering or a diploma in Construction with several years of experience is preferred. Large projects within large companies hire construction managers with master’s degrees.

Job Description: A construction manager plans and organizes the entire construction project from start to finish, prepares and submits budgets, estimates, schedules, hires subcontractors and staff, and monitors progress.

 

5) Heavy Construction Equipment Supervisor

Average Salary: $66,000 – $95,000

Education: Usually requires apprenticeship training and experience, however post secondary education such as a diploma in a construction related field is an asset.

Job Description: A heavy construction equipment supervisor oversees and coordinates the activities of workers in excavating, paving, drilling, grading, blasting and related areas.

 

6) Construction Estimator

Average Salary: $53,000 – $66,000

Education: Post secondary education is an asset. A diploma or degree in a construction related field is preferred.

Job Description: A construction estimator measures areas and volumes to estimate quantity and of materials needed for a project, as well as the estimated labour.  In addition, construction estimators also set up cost monitoring, progress schedules, reporting systems and a system of procedures.

7) Construction Inspector

Average Salary: $53,000 – $66,000

Education: Post secondary education is an asset. A diploma or degree in a construction related field is preferred.

Job Description: A construction inspector inspects and examines construction projects such as construction sites, bridges, buildings and highways to ensure safety regulations are met and building codes are adhered to. Inspectors also examine drawings and plans for new projects, inspect and test plumbing and electrical work, as well as steel framework and inspect new and re-sale homes for clients.

 

8) Civil Engineering Technologist

Average Salary: $53,000 – $66,000

Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.

Job Description: A civil engineering technologist develops engineering drawings and designs from concepts and sketches which have already been laid out. They also prepare construction specifications, estimates for the cost of materials and labour, conduct field surveys and inspections, of all types of construction buildings and structures.

 

9) Civil Engineering Technician

Average Salary: $53,000 – $66,000

Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.

Job Description: A civil engineering technician assists in developing engineering drawings and specifications and performs other technical duties pertaining to civil engineering.

 

10) Land Surveyor

Average Salary: $53,000 – $66,000

Education: Post secondary education is an asset. A diploma or degree in surveying or a construction related field is preferred.

Job Description: A land surveyor plans, directs and carries out legal surveys to establish real property boundaries. Once boundaries, contours and other features have been established, the surveyor prepares cross-sectional drawings, plans, records and documents.

 

If you are interested in a construction career and aren’t sure where to start, Brighton College may be for you! Brighton College offers in-depth training in AutoCAD, Civil Infrastructure Design, Architectural Design and Construction. Call 604-227-3883 or fill out the form at www.brightoncollege.com for more info!

 

*Data taken from WorkBC.ca


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