July 24, 2008 / Issue No. 1-08
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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
AGC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Use E-Verify
DHS Updates I-9 Form
New Federal Law Prohibits Genetic Information Discrimination
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:




 Project Manager



 Project Superintendent



 Senior Estimator



 Office Manager



 Purchasing Agent



 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 ]