What does a Foreman do?

A foreman is responsible for ensuring that everything goes smoothly at a construction site. They are responsible for being the point of contact between the construction workers and supervisors. A few of the main duties of a foreman are coordinating tasks for the day, creating schedules for workers, oversee quality of the site, and managing the budget. They also have to report the progress of the project to superiors. Some of the jobs titles that a foreman could grow into are construction supervisor and construction manager.

A foreman should have four years of experience in the construction industry as well as a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a foreman will have is attention to detail. Another skill is organization as the foreman will have to be able to run a construction site effectively.

What responsibilities are common for Foreman jobs?
  • Report project progress to superiors
  • Develop a work schedule for workers
  • Supervise all construction workers
  • Be the liaison between construction workers and supervisors
  • Solve disputes between workers
  • Ensure that a project is adequately staffed
  • Assign tasks to construction workers
  • Ensure that the project is staying on or under budget
What are the typical qualifications for Foreman jobs?
  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Ability to organize a work schedule
  • Ability to solve disputes between workers
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Deep knowledge of the construction industry and processes
  • Ability to read construction drawings and blueprints
  • Perform quality checks on construction equipment
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Foreman Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,250 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$2K
Median: $3K
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Foreman Career Path

Learn how to become a Foreman, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
7%
2 - 4
61%
5 - 7
14%
8+
18%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Foreman Insights

Read what Foreman professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Wayne Automatic FireWayne Automatic Fire
Service Foreman
28 May 2021

“Knowledgeable supervisors who have your back and let you get the job done your way.”

LeafGuardLeafGuard
Foreman
13 Jan 2022

“We do work a lot but also they allow a great work to home life balance.”

All American Asphalt
Foreman
24 Feb 2022

“Good pay because it’s a union job however they do it follow union rules.”

Nelson Tree ServiceNelson Tree Service
Foreman
27 Jun 2020

“Good pay and it's nice to work outside sometimes.”

StormForceStormForce
Site Foreman
21 Oct 2020

“Great balance of work and fun.”

S3 Integration
Foreman
10 Dec 2020

“Pay is decent but not the top in the industry”

Fedict SelectFedict Select
Foreman
4 Aug 2021

“Good good good good good”

RailWorksRailWorks
Foreman
29 Apr 2021

“Good pay Management really good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Foreman

When working as a Foreman, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Diagnosis, CDL, Leadership, Computer Literate and CPR First Aid.

The most similar professions to Foreman are:
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Estimator
  • Construction Superintendent

The most common qualifications to become a Foreman is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Construction Project Manager
$72,300
Construction Manager
$85,903
13% skills overlap
Construction Estimator
$30,000
13% skills overlap
Construction Superintendent
$14,000

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