July 24, 2008 / Issue No. 1-08
 
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Compensation
Minimum Wage Increases on July 24
Staff Salaries Up 4.3% This Year
Early Collective Bargaining Yields Average First-Year Increase of 4.9% This Year
Immigration
AGC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Use E-Verify
DHS Updates I-9 Form
Discrimination
New Federal Law Prohibits Genetic Information Discrimination
Recordkeeping
DOL Offers New Compliance Assistance Tool on Recordkeeping, Reporting & Notices
Professional Development
Registration Now Open for AGC Training & Development Conference
AGC Holds Successful HR Professionals Forum, Releases Recording of Immigration Session

  Staff Salaries Up 4.3% This Year
Non-craft construction staff received an average salary increase of 4.3 percent in 2007-2008, while construction executives received an average increase of 5.4 percent, according to the latest Construction/Construction Management Staff Salary Survey issued by PAS, Inc.

Respondents to PAS’s survey indicated that they expect to raise staff salaries an average of 4.1 percent in 2008.  Based on historical experience, however, PAS projects actual increases in 2008 to be close to 4.6 percent.

“Contractors who wish to remain market-competitive, assuming they already pay market rates, need to budget a 3.6 percent increase (the construction ECI) in compensation budgets,” advises PAS in the May 2008 edition of its Contractor Compensation Quarterly newsletter.  “ECI” refers to the employment cost index, which measures change in wages, bonuses, and benefits. 

PAS reports the following current and 2007 national average base salaries for selected positions:

 Position

 2008  

 2007

 Project Manager

 $85,000

$83,000 

 Project Superintendent

 86,000

 84,000

 Senior Estimator

 87,000

 85,000

 Office Manager

 56,000

 53,000

 Purchasing Agent

 60,000

 64,000

 The full report – which breaks down data by type of construction, geographic location, company size, and other characteristics – is available for purchase from PAS.  For more information on PAS reports, visit http://www.pas1.com or call 1-800-553-4655.  Ask about the AGC-member discount. [ return to top ]