What does a Site Manager do?

Site managers work on building and construction sites to ensure a project completes safely, on time, and within budget. They monitor and direct contractor activities from start to finish and direct and oversee various contractors and subcontractors from site preparation and foundation laying to the final touches. Site managers supervise the process with a critical eye, provide input on selecting and hiring contractors, and serve as a liaison between contractors and clients.

Site managers keep close contact with clients throughout the project’s life cycle. They accompany clients during site visits and answer questions or concerns about the project’s progress. They are also budget-conscious and identify opportunities to save money by reducing wasteful practices or increasing efficiency. They maintain site safety protocols daily on their site visits and ensure contractors and crew work in a safe environment and follow the rules. They work to minimize risk and resolve violations and potential hazards. Site managers need a bachelor's degree in related fields including construction management or architecture and experience as a contractor.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Site Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$5,500 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$4K
Median: $6K
$11K
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Site Manager Career Path

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

L2
Site Manager
$80,180/yr
L3
Senior Site Manager
No Salary Reports
L4
Team Lead Site Manager
No Salary Reports
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Site Manager Insights

Read what Site Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Puma EnergyPuma Energy
Site Manager
15 Apr 2021

“• If you get a good team to work with your job is enjoyable and team orientated”

HBG ConstructionHBG Construction
Site Manager
4 Aug 2021

“The size and scale of projects was an excellent opportunity for me to develop my early years career.”

Menzies AviationMenzies Aviation
Country Vice President
8 Jun 2021

“I am very happy here and have a great group of colleagues to work with.”

E.ONE.ON
Site Supervisor
17 Jun 2021

“No chance of progression or personal development unless your related to one of the many managers”

Metro One Loss PreventionMetro One Loss Prevention
Site Manager
16 Jan 2021

“Great experience to either begin a career in security or to simply work part time.”

American Guard ServicesAmerican Guard Services
Security Site Supervisor
3 Dec 2021

“Great pay and hours I love the job”

MizzouRec Services & FacilitiesMizzouRec Services & Facilities
Gym Manager
17 Dec 2021

“fun and great people to work with”

Fit For SportFit For Sport
Assistant Site Manager
16 Sep 2020

“I worked here as a teenager in the school holidays and it's a really fun way to earn money”

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Site Manager Interviews

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Site Manager jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a site manager

The most similar professions to site manager are:
  • Regional Manager
  • Area Manager
  • General Manager
  • District Manager

The most common qualifications to become a site manager 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.