How to Make Your Next Construction Project Manager Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 19:18:09



More than 9,370 companies advertise 41,440 Construction Project Manager jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Construction Project Manager most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 9,703 job posts from 3,573 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 18.7% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 53 Construction Project Manager job seekers for every active Construction Project Manager job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Construction Project Manager, Project Manager, Construction Manager, Construction Superintendent, Senior Project Manager, Associate Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Engineer, Superintendent, and Sales Representative seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Construction Project Manager candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Construction Project Manager, Project Manager, Construction Superintendent, Construction Manager, Associate Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Engineer, Superintendent, and Project Superintendent. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Construction Project Manager candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 6.1% of the active Construction Project Manager candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 6.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 16.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 71.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 17.0 years to 16.4 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include project management, communication skills, construction, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, construction management, microsoft project, Microsoft Word, construction estimating, and computer skills. Demand for contracts, restoration, budgeting, business development, English, writing skills, Sage, project coordination, windows, and sales has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Construction Project Manager with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 33.6% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 20.0%.

Example Construction Project Manager responsibilities

  • Planning the implementation of projects and furnish those plans to the client
  • Coordinating work with both internal and external personnel
  • Hiring and supervising contractors, inspectors, etc. as needed
  • Monitoring the budget, safety, and scheduling of projects.


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Construction Project Manager positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Florida, Texas, New York, and North Carolina are the states that have the highest demand for Construction Project Managers. California, Texas, Florida, New York, and North Carolina are where most job seekers are searching for Construction Project Manager jobs. If we look at the Construction Project Manager to job ratio, New Mexico, Maryland, Oregon, Vermont, and Delaware have the lowest number of Construction Project Manager applicants per job. Idaho, Kentucky, New Jersey, Montana, and Nevada have the most active Construction Project Manager job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 515,565 job seekers interested in Construction Project Manager opportunities in the United States. That’s a 17.3% increase compared to the previous quarter with 439,389 active job seekers. Around 6.1% of the active Construction Project Manager candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 6.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 16.7% have 6-10 years of experience, and 71.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Construction Project Manager candidates is 16.4 years. Active candidates in the Construction Project Manager profession most commonly have bachelor's degrees, followed by high school diplomas, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Construction Project Manager candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 1,171 Construction Project Managers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Starbucks, Dayspring Restoration, Salt + Light Builders, AT&T, Jacobs, T-Mobile, ResiPro, AECOM, Boeing, and Invitation Homes.

After analyzing post-interview data from Construction Project Manager candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 29.2% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 73.5% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Construction Project Manager candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and group interview. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises, written test, or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Construction Project Manager quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 73.3% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 35% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards difficult.

Example Interview Questions

  • What problem are you solving with the product?
  • What do you want them to remember about you?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • How will this position benefit your career?
  • See a problem, solve a problem. Do you like that?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Construction Project Manager salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 3% from $92,188.31 to $89,451.73 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Construction Project Manager positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 100.0%, stock options/grants by 100.0%, paid time off by 88.2%, dental insurance by 82.4%, vision insurance by 76.5%, a 401k plan by 47.1%, discounts by 23.5%, and stock options/grants by 11.8%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including paternity leave, somewhat remote, maternity leave, sabbaticals, flexible working hours, location variety, fully remote, and mostly remote, to attract and retain Construction Project Manager candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 37.5% of the employers conducted a background check, and 25.5% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Construction Project Manager candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Construction Project Manager, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Construction Project Manager candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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