What does a Site Manager do?

Site managers work on building and construction sites to ensure a project completes safely, on time, and within budget. They monitor and direct contractor activities from start to finish and direct and oversee various contractors and subcontractors from site preparation and foundation laying to the final touches. Site managers supervise the process with a critical eye, provide input on selecting and hiring contractors, and serve as a liaison between contractors and clients.

Site managers keep close contact with clients throughout the project’s life cycle. They accompany clients during site visits and answer questions or concerns about the project’s progress. They are also budget-conscious and identify opportunities to save money by reducing wasteful practices or increasing efficiency. They maintain site safety protocols daily on their site visits and ensure contractors and crew work in a safe environment and follow the rules. They work to minimize risk and resolve violations and potential hazards. Site managers need a bachelor's degree in related fields including construction management or architecture and experience as a contractor.

What responsibilities are common for Site Manager jobs?
  • Achieve goals by build consensus, engage internal partners, and celebrating collective success.
  • Hire, train, and general manage all employees on project(s).
  • Provide input into the planning and development of the program.
  • Manage project site safety for internal and subcontract personnel.
  • Ensure your site is operating effectively. maintain licensing, safety, and educational standards.
  • Promote and enforce company's safety mantra at all times.
  • Complete site reports and other paperwork on time and accurately.
What are the typical qualifications for Site Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, computer science, engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can collaborate with others with professionalism.
  • Conduct site evaluations and risk assessments and provide findings to proper departments.
  • A professional with a sound work ethic.
  • Possesses technical leadership skills.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Site Manager make?

$68,264 /yr
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Site Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Site Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Site Manager Insights

Read what Site Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Puma EnergyPuma Energy
Site Manager
Apr 15, 2021

“• If you get a good team to work with your job is enjoyable and team orientated”

HBG ConstructionHBG Construction
Site Manager
Aug 4, 2021

“The size and scale of projects was an excellent opportunity for me to develop my early years career.”

Menzies AviationMenzies Aviation
Country Vice President
Jun 8, 2021

“I am very happy here and have a great group of colleagues to work with.”

Allied UniversalAllied Universal
Site Supervisor
Aug 16, 2022

“You also get to potentially get hired to your client company which provides better opportunities and pay usually.”

Tek ExpertsTek Experts
Country Manager
Feb 20, 2023

“There are numerous opportunities to progress both as tech skills and gain certificates but as well as vertical development.”

After School Site Director
Apr 29, 2022

“Having the opportunity to work with kids and parents is probably the best part of this job.”

Elisa CorporationElisa Corporation
Site Manager
Mar 28, 2023

“I didn't really experience any but if I had to choose one then salary levels are not super high”

Site Supervisor
Jun 17, 2021

“No chance of progression or personal development unless your related to one of the many managers”

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The most similar professions to Site Manager are:
  • Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • General Manager
  • Branch Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Site Manager include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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