Average Hourly Wage of Construction Managers, By State

This is the 12th installment of Construction Junkie's weekly analysis of the hourly wages of each individual construction profession by state.  The three previous professions we examined were construction superintendents, iron & steel workers, and drywall installers.  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

Construction managers typically plan, provide coordination, and oversee construction projects from a relatively "bird's eye view" of the project.  Many construction firms require their construction managers to have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, but many in the industry have worked themselves up through the ranks to become a construction manager.

SInce construction managers are not normally paid hourly, the hourly wage data below is calculated by taking their annual average salary, dividing it by 52 weeks, and dividing that number by 40 hours a week.  A 40 hour work week is not typical for a construction manager, so I'm sure there will be plenty of discussion on what the "real" hourly wage would be.  I've included the hourly wage data here in order to keep the numbers consistent in this series on construction wages.

Below you'll find a breakout of how each state compensates their construction managers. All data below comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s most recent reports from May 2016. 

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Construction Manager, by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Construction Manager, by State

51. Mississippi  --  $33.01/hour

50. Arkansas  --  $36.80/hour

49. Iowa  --  $37.95/hour

48. Idaho  --  $38.04/hour

47. Utah  --  $38.54/hour

46. Oklahoma  --  $38.75/hour

45. Indiana  --  $39.28/hour

44. Kansas  --  $39.60/hour

43. New Mexico--$39.79/hour

42. Maine  --  $40.10/hour

41. Nevada  --  $40.75/hour

40. Arizona  --  $41.04/hour

39. Montana  --  $41.91/hour

38. Kentucky  --  $42.25/hour

37. Alabama  --  $42.62/hour

36. Minnesota  --  $42.85/hour

35. Tennessee  --  $43.54/hour

34. Colorado  --  $44.41/hour

33. South Carolina  --  $44.47/hour

32. New Hampshire  --  $44.53/hour

31. South Dakota  --  $44.80/hour

30. Louisiana  --  $44.85/hour

29. Michigan  --  $45.25/hour

28. Oregon  --  $45.34/hour

27. Florida  --  $45.46/hour

26. Washington  --  $45.54/hour

25. North Dakota  --  $45.63/hour

24. West Virginia  --  $45.90/hour

23. Vermont  --  $45.93/hour

22. Nebraska  --  $46.28/hour

21. Texas  --  $46.57/hour

20. Ohio  --  $47.00/hour

19. North Carolina  --  $47.08/hour

18. Missouri  --  $48.44/hour

17. Wyoming  --  $48.57/hour

16. Connecticut  --  $49.15/hour

15. Hawaii  --  $49.18/hour

14. Illinois  --  $49.29/hour

13. Georgia  --  $49.86/hour

12. Wisconsin  --  $50.80/hour

11. Maryland  --  $51.27/hour

10. California  --  $51.70/hour

9. Pennsylvania  --  $52.01/hour

8. Virginia  --  $52.62/hour

7. Massachusetts  --  $52.84/hour

6. District of Columbia  --  $53.31/hour

5. Delaware  --  $53.45/hour

4. Rhode Island  --  $53.99/hour

3. New York  --  $58.19/hour

2. Alaska  --  $61.45/hour

1. New Jersey  --  $68.03/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Construction Manager - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state. 

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Construction Manager- Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

51. Hawaii  --  $16.52/hour

50. District of Columbia  --  $24.84/hour

49. California  --  $28.12/hour

48. Oregon  --  $30.97/hour

47. Maine  --  $35.41/hour

46. Massachusetts  --  $36.72/hour

45. Maryland  --  $37.43/hour

44. Mississippi  --  $37.80/hour

43. Nevada--$38.55/hour

42. New Hampshire  --  $39.19/hour

41. New York  --  $39.80/hour

40. Utah  --  $40.35/hour

39. Iowa  --  $41.02/hour

38. Connecticut  --  $41.04/hour

37. Idaho  --  $41.35/hour

36. Arkansas  --  $41.44/hour

35. Montana  --  $41.62/hour

34. Washington  --  $41.90/hour

33. Rhode Island  --  $41.95/hour

32. New Mexico  --  $42.14/hour

31. Arizona  --  $42.48/hour

30. Oklahoma  --  $42.70/hour

29. Alaska  --  $42.77/hour

28. Indiana  --  $42.89/hour

27. Minnesota  --  $42.94/hour

26. Colorado  --  $43.12/hour

25. Kansas  --  $43.68/hour

24. Vermont  --  $44.60/hour

23. South Dakota  --  $44.98/hour

22. Kentucky  --  $45.08/hour

21. South Carolina  --  $45.09/hour

20. North Dakota  --  $46.13/hour

19. Florida  --  $46.14/hour

18. Alabama  --  $46.58/hour

17. Louisiana  --  $47.27/hour

16. West Virginia  --  $47.78/hour

15. Tennessee  --  $48.16/hour

14. North Carolina  --  $49.62/hour

13. Michigan  --  $49.64/hour

12. Nebraska  --  $50.07/hour

11. Wyoming  --  $50.27/hour

10. Ohio  --  $50.62/hour

9. Illinois  --  $50.67/hour

8. Texas  --  $50.95/hour

7. Pennsylvania  --  $51.18/hour

6. Virginia  --  $51.46/hour

5. Wisconsin  --  $52.12/hour

4. Delaware  --  $52.27/hour

3. New Jersey  --  $52.72/hour

2. Missouri  --  $53.33/hour

1. Georgia  --  $54.55/hour