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It is always important to love your line of work, but it is also just as important to love your salary.

Hannah Solomon | 2 January 2019

Throughout the U.S., salaries differ due to several reasons -- cost of living, state taxes, food taxes, etc. The higher the cost of living, typically, the higher the salary. However, that’s not always the case. Let’s delve into the booming areas of commercial construction and the wavering salaries of each state.

In the field of mechanical, commercial (HVAC and Plumbing) construction, there are two different tracks one could take. There is the field labor track and the project management track.

Field Labor Track: Foreman, Journeyman, Superintendent, General Superintendent.

Project Management Track: Project Engineer, Project Assistant, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Project Executive.

There are also different sectors of each of these tracks, such as sheet metal fabrication, piping, and more. Additionally, there are also positions in Controls, Detailing, Commissioning, Engineering, Estimating, Purchasing, and Sales. However, in the Field Labor and Project Management tracks, there is room for substantial growth within a company.


Usually, the salary range for the Project Management track is between $60,000 up to $140,000. For the Field Labor track, it’s between $50,000 up to $120,000. These are not dependent upon areas as these are just rough estimates.

Based upon locations, commercial construction companies in the Bay Area, CA pay their workers a higher salary compared to most places. Unfortunately, the cost of living is extremely high. If you have a family, the rent of an apartment for a family of 4 is nearly $5,000 a month. On the other side of the U.S., in Florida, the rate of salaries is about 33% lower than most states. For example, a Project Manager in Southern California makes about $95,000 a year while a Project Manager in Florida makes about $60,000 a year. However, while Project Managers in Florida make significantly less a year, the state of Florida does not require state taxes and the cost of living is much lower in most cities.

For more information regarding salaries in other states, check out this innovative tool highlighting the salaries of different construction areas in the U.S.: PayScale is a great source for figuring out what you should be paid at your current position and how it differs to your peers’ salaries in the same field. It also offers the option of getting an idea of what your salary would be in other states, as well.

Although salaries play a prominent role in determining what offer you should take, it is also important to factor in location, company values, cost of living, etc.

Before you decide to completely uproot your life and move to another state, be sure that you will be receiving a salary that is enough for you and your family. Have a look at our article ‘So, You Want to Quit Your Job…’ for further information regarding moving for the right position.