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sosad 27-09-2010 04:49 PM

Project Manager in Construction Company
 
Good Day Everybody,

I am new here. I would like to ask about Project Manager's pay in construction industry as I find it is particularly low compare to other.

Please consider,
Industry: Construction
Company: Local SME (Contractor)
Title: Project Manager
Experience: 10years
Age: mid 30

Monthly Basic salary: $4.5k + allowance $250
Annual income hardly reach 65k after bonus.

I think I am underpaid. How is the pay for a Project Manager of similar profile, especially in MNC? What is the prospect of me moving to MNC (and higher pay)?

Thanks in advance your time and contribution.

Unregistered 28-09-2010 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sosad (Post 7451)
Good Day Everybody,

I am new here. I would like to ask about Project Manager's pay in construction industry as I find it is particularly low compare to other.

Please consider,
Industry: Construction
Company: Local SME (Contractor)
Title: Project Manager
Experience: 10years
Age: mid 30

Monthly Basic salary: $4.5k + allowance $250
Annual income hardly reach 65k after bonus.

I think I am underpaid. How is the pay for a Project Manager of similar profile, especially in MNC? What is the prospect of me moving to MNC (and higher pay)?

Thanks in advance your time and contribution.

I'm a project manager as well, but in Information Technology. 11years experience, annual salary around 180K excluding bonus

Unregistered 28-09-2010 09:20 PM

I think you are underpaid.

Project Engineers (in construction) are paid even higher than what you are getting, depending on which company you join.

Unregistered 15-12-2010 08:45 AM

underpaid
 
time to ask for a raise. i just was hired in Virginia as a construction project manager with 65k, truck, insurance, phone, computer, plus they flew me up once for the interview and once for working. working on having our relocation expenses paid for.

dryden28 15-12-2010 11:44 AM

I'm wondering if for example, the TS decide the quit the company to join another, the new company;s hr will definitly ask for his current pay. Will it hinder him from getting paid what he is really worth?

Unregistered 15-12-2010 08:03 PM

to ur local sme company, u r already overpaid.

u shud look at the kind n scale of the projects u r undertaking, and compare relatively.

switching company could be a wiser choice for a start.

Unregistered 08-01-2011 12:43 PM

Project Manager (Construction)
Based in Dubai
$300K SGD PA (Accommodation, Transportation all paid for. Bonuses not included)
5 years experience
Mid 30s

I'm lucky.
'cos to be a Project Manager in Singapore, I need to clock at least 10 years in the construction industry

Luckily I chose to work overseas where they recognize that talents do not just come in the number of years clocked, unlike Singapore.

Unregistered 18-06-2011 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sosad (Post 7451)
Good Day Everybody,

I am new here. I would like to ask about Project Manager's pay in construction industry as I find it is particularly low compare to other.

Please consider,
Industry: Construction
Company: Local SME (Contractor)
Title: Project Manager
Experience: 10years
Age: mid 30

Monthly Basic salary: $4.5k + allowance $250
Annual income hardly reach 65k after bonus.

I think I am underpaid. How is the pay for a Project Manager of similar profile, especially in MNC? What is the prospect of me moving to MNC (and higher pay)?

Thanks in advance your time and contribution.

This is extremely low pay for a project manager. I am also working as a project manager in the local construction industry and my pay is $9,360 basic.

I seldom hear of project managers in the construction industry working for a main contractor getting paid less then $6,500 basic nowadays.

Unregistered 18-06-2011 10:29 PM

i just read today straitimes dated 18jun2011

it stated:

FT project manager in construction are cheaper and are getting minimum $5000/mth.

SG/Local project manager in construction are more expensive and are getting between $6000-$7000/mth



TS is really under paid with just $4500/mth

Unregistered 07-08-2011 09:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sosad (Post 7451)
Good Day Everybody,

I am new here. I would like to ask about Project Manager's pay in construction industry as I find it is particularly low compare to other.

Please consider,
Industry: Construction
Company: Local SME (Contractor)
Title: Project Manager
Experience: 10years
Age: mid 30

Monthly Basic salary: $4.5k + allowance $250
Annual income hardly reach 65k after bonus.

I think I am underpaid. How is the pay for a Project Manager of similar profile, especially in MNC? What is the prospect of me moving to MNC (and higher pay)?

Thanks in advance your time and contribution.

It really depends on how capable you are as a project manager, and also the financial health and size of the SME you work for.

I work for a local SME as a project manager (main contractor), and I am paid closed to $SGD130,000 per annum before bonus. After factoring in my anticipated bonus, my pay for this year will be closed to $SGD200,000.

But I have proven my capability and worth to the company for quite a number of years, and I am getting what I deserve.

Unregistered 07-08-2011 09:38 PM

Project manager wannabe
 
Hi all, its such a coincidence! Im going for a project manager (construction company) interview next week and this is the first time i log into the forum. Can some kind soul kindly advise me what are the roles and responsibilities of a proj mgr in a construction company.

Im currently an engineer with 4 yrs working experience drawing $5000. Will i suffer a big pay cut if i were to get into this lovcal sme co struction company?

Really do hope u all can help me out! I wanna find out what will be the expectations... Thanks v much in advance!

undiscern 07-08-2011 11:05 PM

You should ask for a pay increment. A project manager is higher in command than engineer, so yes, you should get more pay for the added responsibilities.

Unregistered 07-09-2011 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 15160)
Hi all, its such a coincidence! Im going for a project manager (construction company) interview next week and this is the first time i log into the forum. Can some kind soul kindly advise me what are the roles and responsibilities of a proj mgr in a construction company.

Im currently an engineer with 4 yrs working experience drawing $5000. Will i suffer a big pay cut if i were to get into this lovcal sme co struction company?

Really do hope u all can help me out! I wanna find out what will be the expectations... Thanks v much in advance!

If you really need to ask the role and responsibility of project manager for construction company, then you are not ready to become one because construction whether civil or building is a very specialised trade.

Generally as a project manager for main contractor, you are expected to run the construction to ensure it is delivered within a given period and budget. You will have a team of engineers, supervisors, QS, etc to assist you. You need to have sufficient technical and managerial experience to help you make the right decisions along the way.

A project manager for a smaller contractor may be required to do a lot of menial works as you would have less manpower assisting you.

Unregistered 24-03-2012 04:40 PM

advice needed
 
i am student that have jus graduated from SP Architecture. i am now deciding on which course should i take in nus, architecture or project & facilities management.

The reasons for me to considered doing PM as opposed to archi is that i have heard numerous stories of the lack of work life balance for architects and the salary is not equalivent to the effort put in.

May someone advice me on the the carreer prospect of PM in sg. Is there a balance of work-life? And based on the MOM Wages report, PM average income is around 5k. How true is that?

Any advice is appreciated and i thank u in advance.

Unregistered 24-03-2012 05:28 PM

isoutia the
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 22813)
i am student that have jus graduated from SP Architecture. i am now deciding on which course should i take in nus, architecture or project & facilities management.

The reasons for me to considered doing PM as opposed to archi is that i have heard numerous stories of the lack of work life balance for architects and the salary is not equalivent to the effort put in.

May someone advice me on the the carreer prospect of PM in sg. Is there a balance of work-life? And based on the MOM Wages report, PM average income is around 5k. How true is that?

Any advice is appreciated and i thank u in advance.

Thought you already asked this in another thread? Don't waste people's time lah, make your own decision based on the inputs already given to you.

Unregistered 24-03-2012 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 22813)
i am student that have jus graduated from SP Architecture. i am now deciding on which course should i take in nus, architecture or project & facilities management.

The reasons for me to considered doing PM as opposed to archi is that i have heard numerous stories of the lack of work life balance for architects and the salary is not equalivent to the effort put in.

May someone advice me on the the carreer prospect of PM in sg. Is there a balance of work-life? And based on the MOM Wages report, PM average income is around 5k. How true is that?

Any advice is appreciated and i thank u in advance.

As publicly known, PM makes $4m annually. He's appointed on merit and through proper process.

Unregistered 25-03-2012 06:58 PM

How much does a fresh grad earn as M&E Engineer in Construction industry?

Unregistered 28-03-2012 01:29 PM

Project manager's worth
 
For a PM with 10 years experience handling a project with $50M of direct investment from his company, and has responsibility over decisions with impact of up to $1M to the project, which should be his worth in terms of salary?

Appreciate if knowledgeable forummers here can share.

thanks

Unregistered 28-03-2012 06:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 22990)
For a PM with 10 years experience handling a project with $50M of direct investment from his company, and has responsibility over decisions with impact of up to $1M to the project, which should be his worth in terms of salary?

Appreciate if knowledgeable forummers here can share.

thanks

Decisions on only $1m out of $50m...like that also considered PM?

Unregistered 05-04-2012 05:08 PM

Is it easy for PM to jump to the finance industry?

dNs 19-07-2012 04:51 PM

Construction Project Manager (QS)
 
Hi All..
I was offered a salary of $3300/monthly as a junior project manager. The core business of the company is cost& contract management, and management consultancy. Is this a proper amount for a project manager in Singapore?

I have Architecture background and worked for 2.5yrs as a designer in Architects firm. I just graduated and obtain my Master of Science degree in Construction Project Management from UK's university, however i don't have any proven experience in pm job.
I have Singapore PR, Does it make any difference to salary consideration?
Please advice.

Unregistered 19-07-2012 06:51 PM

Which UK university? Is it distance learning or did u really fly to UK to take the course?

Quote:

Originally Posted by dNs (Post 26777)
Hi All..
I was offered a salary of $3300/monthly as a junior project manager. The core business of the company is cost& contract management, and management consultancy. Is this a proper amount for a project manager in Singapore?

I have Architecture background and worked for 2.5yrs as a designer in Architects firm. I just graduated and obtain my Master of Science degree in Construction Project Management from UK's university, however i don't have any proven experience in pm job.
I have Singapore PR, Does it make any difference to salary consideration?
Please advice.


dNs 19-07-2012 09:39 PM

Construction Project Manager (QS)
 
Northumbria university. I flew there and stay in the UK during my master course. I gaduated MSc in construction project management with commendation 2:1

Unregistered 04-08-2012 10:29 AM

PM pay
 
Very funny. PM in construction industry at least 8 k

Regards

Warren

garfield 05-08-2012 05:34 PM

Hi TS..i personally think that you are grossly underpaid. Experience aside, remuneration package also depends on your qualifications and the size of the company.

I have a B.Eng, been a PM for about 10yrs and avrg performer.. Currently working for a listed sg company, annual salary is about 108k(7k + 700 transport allowance + 200 HP allowance + min 2 month bonus).

On the other hand, i know of peers working for SMEs whom has only O levels, but possess numerous industrial certification with about 25yrs+ of exp drawing only 6k mthly with no allowance..

Unregistered 23-03-2013 09:36 AM

project manager salary
 
I'm new for project manager.
I ask for S$.5500.
How it is price?

Unregistered 25-03-2013 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 34718)
I'm new for project manager.
I ask for S$.5500.
How it is price?

Fresh grad looking @ S$5500? you should be contented with S$3k-$4k including transport allowance

ChilliCrab 12-08-2013 02:34 AM

Hi everyone!

How much on average/range would you guys advise for a Project Manager with the following:

Academic Qualification: Bachelor's degree (from NUS with honours)

Experience: 3.5 years with proven track records of completed projects in public and private sectors. A&A, Upgrading, Condo, etc.
Roles & Responsibilities: From ferrying workers (when I just started), purchasing materials, training subordinates, overall planning, progress monitoring, progress claims, quantity surveying (take-off), site management, workplace safety, resolving all structural, architectural and M&E discrepancies in dwgs, statutory submissions, etc.

Working Hours: 6 days, 9am - 7pm (OT no included)

Please also advise me if A1 companies would highly consider candidates like me.
Thank you very much!

Unregistered 12-08-2013 09:32 AM

Should be around 9-10k+ if you are good.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChilliCrab (Post 41096)
Hi everyone!

How much on average/range would you guys advise for a Project Manager with the following:

Academic Qualification: Bachelor's degree (from NUS with honours)

Experience: 3.5 years with proven track records of completed projects in public and private sectors. A&A, Upgrading, Condo, etc.
Roles & Responsibilities: From ferrying workers (when I just started), purchasing materials, training subordinates, overall planning, progress monitoring, progress claims, quantity surveying (take-off), site management, workplace safety, resolving all structural, architectural and M&E discrepancies in dwgs, statutory submissions, etc.

Working Hours: 6 days, 9am - 7pm (OT no included)

Please also advise me if A1 companies would highly consider candidates like me.
Thank you very much!


ChilliCrab 12-08-2013 11:02 PM

Appreciate your reply! Thanks! =)

Humble bee 06-10-2014 03:03 PM

PM pay
 
Hi,

There are 2 areas construction now; building and civil engineering.
Clients from building usually are not as selective as civil side.
As you know civil side projects are usually government😁. And the criteria are much higher, such as the Qualification of the PM , engineers need to be PE board recognized.
(If ur degree is from local spore, then u r safe).

So talking about pay and bonus. You should be looking at 8k plus 3-5 months bonus for a junior PM means (10 experience since graduation). And ranged to 15k plus 3-6 months of bonus for a more senior PM..

And seriously speaking if u go for around and ask how many local grad are there in the civil industry, I can only tell you.. It's really pathetic...coz most of them left this industry after several years of working in construction.

And what I can tell u is that I will see a whole change in terms of pay package by the SME contractors. Why? They will slow down hiring foreigners and really spend time to look for local grads and also to improve their image and pay package in order to attract local talents. This is due to the 20 years plan of the Singapore planning. Hence more government projects in the next 2 decades. And like what I say the criteria becomes very strict in the sense, they only accept people who are PE board qualified.... Hope that makes you understand more in this industry.

Unregistered 06-10-2014 03:08 PM

PM pay
 
What degree do u hold?

Unregistered 06-10-2014 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 26781)
Which UK university? Is it distance learning or did u really fly to UK to take the course?

Which degree u holding?

Unregistered 06-10-2014 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dNs (Post 26777)
Hi All..
I was offered a salary of $3300/monthly as a junior project manager. The core business of the company is cost& contract management, and management consultancy. Is this a proper amount for a project manager in Singapore?

I have Architecture background and worked for 2.5yrs as a designer in Architects firm. I just graduated and obtain my Master of Science degree in Construction Project Management from UK's university, however i don't have any proven experience in pm job.
I have Singapore PR, Does it make any difference to salary consideration?
Please advice.

Hi DS,

There are 2 areas in construction now; building and civil engineering.
Clients from building usually are not as selective as civil side.
As you know civil side projects are usually government😁. And the criteria are much higher, such as the Qualification of the PM , engineers need to be PE board recognized.
(If ur degree is from local spore, then u r safe).


So talking about pay and bonus. You should be looking at 8k plus 3-5 months bonus for a junior PM means (10 experience since graduation). And ranged to 15k plus 3-6 months of bonus for a more senior PM..

And seriously speaking if u go for around and ask how many local grad are there in the civil industry, I can only tell you.. It's really pathetic...coz most of them left this industry after several years of working in construction.

And what I can tell u is that I will see a whole change in terms of pay package by the SME contractors. Why? They will slow down hiring foreigners and really spend time to look for local grads and also to improve their image and pay package in order to attract local talents. This is due to the 20 years plan of the Singapore planning. Hence more government projects in the next 2 decades. And like what I say the criteria becomes very strict in the sense, they only accept people who are PE board qualified.... Hope that makes you understand more in this industry.

slpinir 07-10-2014 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered (Post 57368)
Hi DS,

There are 2 areas in construction now; building and civil engineering.
Clients from building usually are not as selective as civil side.
As you know civil side projects are usually government��. And the criteria are much higher, such as the Qualification of the PM , engineers need to be PE board recognized.
(If ur degree is from local spore, then u r safe).


So talking about pay and bonus. You should be looking at 8k plus 3-5 months bonus for a junior PM means (10 experience since graduation). And ranged to 15k plus 3-6 months of bonus for a more senior PM..

And seriously speaking if u go for around and ask how many local grad are there in the civil industry, I can only tell you.. It's really pathetic...coz most of them left this industry after several years of working in construction.

And what I can tell u is that I will see a whole change in terms of pay package by the SME contractors. Why? They will slow down hiring foreigners and really spend time to look for local grads and also to improve their image and pay package in order to attract local talents. This is due to the 20 years plan of the Singapore planning. Hence more government projects in the next 2 decades. And like what I say the criteria becomes very strict in the sense, they only accept people who are PE board qualified.... Hope that makes you understand more in this industry.

While my brief experience in the construction industry corroborates your account in terms of pay and bonus for a project manager, there is a a very important context quite unique in the construction industry that is missing in above which can lead readers who are new to the industry to misunderstand.

Construction industry is one of those rare sectors that don't really care about career image and thus up to now hardly suffer any title inflation at all. While a project manager can indeed make 120k - 200k, this kind of "manager" is definitely not the same as other inflated titles you see in other industries.

In the construction sector, most of the project managers accounting for sizable work are at least in their mid to late 40s. They are more equivalent to "Directors" or "VP" in other companies, freshie or junior civil engineers should not join this industry thinking they are going to make 100k+ by being a project manager within a short time.

In most construction companies, being a manager is really a senior position requiring lots of experience and competency. Being a director usually means you are part of the executive leadership team entitled to profit sharing. This is very different from most companies whereby any grad that doesn't screw up is automatically promoted to a fake manager title in 4-5 years.


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