The construction invoice itemizes charges for materials used and hours worked by a contractor on a new or existing structure. If the invoice is for maintenance, then typically one (1) individual, known as a “handyman,” will conduct the work and invoice for themselves.
Table of Contents
- What does a Contractor Do?
- Contractor vs. Construction Manager
- How to Get a Contractor’s License
- Construction Manager Salary & Hourly Pay ($/hr)
A contractor—specifically a building contractor—is a licensed supervisor that manages all aspects of a construction project. Contractors work closely with the workers under their leadership and often are tasked with providing each worker with direction as to the specific jobs they should be performing. Often, the timeframe, budget, and safety of a project are entrusted to the contractor, who works closely with upper management and the project owner. Moreover, contractors are typically a licensed business entity with their own workforce and must bid competitively on open projects.
- Project management and oversight
- Providing materials, tools, and labor
- Adherence to safety protocols and rules
- Managing the project’s budget
- Ensuring all necessary permits and licenses are held and up-to-date
With such similar roles, it can be hard to distinguish between contractors and construction managers (CM), as a contractor can act as a CM depending on the type of job and the owner’s preference. However, distinct differences still exist between the two types of workers, such as the following:
- Contractors are separate entities, whereas CMs can be a single person or a team that works closely with the project owner.
- CM’s work for a portion of the entire project cost. Comparatively, contractors work for a set price that is determined during the initial bidding.
- Contractors work more directly with those doing the actual construction, whereas CMs work more with administrative staff.
- Contractors often have a specialization in a certain field or task, such as plumbing, electrical, or HVAC.
In general, those looking to earn their contractor’s license can head down one of two (2) paths: formal education or experience. But in today’s work environment, employers and state-licensing requirements lean heavily on university training, more specifically a bachelor’s degree. Contractor certifications are almost always issued at the town or city level, with each area having their own education and training requirements. Because of this, outlining a single explanation is impractical. For a state-by-state breakdown of contractor licenses, check out GeneralContractorLicenseGuide.com. Although not mandatory in the majority of states, earning a certification through the American Institute of Constructors can help contractors stand out when bidding for jobs and applying for open positions.
Initial Requirements: High School Diploma or GED
Recommended Education: Bachelor’s degree in a construction-related major: classes should focus on project management, construction management, civil engineering, and architecture. Further education is highly beneficial.
State-by-State Certification Requirements: General Contractor’s License Guide
Salary: $93,370 / yr
Hourly Rate: $44.89 / hr
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)