Apartment building superintendents oversee the day-to-day operation of residential complexes. They hire contractors to perform repairs, purchase equipment and supplies, and respond to residents' complaints and maintenance requests. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that many building superintendents spend much of their workday onsite at the properties they manage, and this sometimes includes evening and weekend hours.
Apartment building superintendents earned a mean annual wage of $62,400 as of May 2010, according to the BLS' Occupational Employment Statistics survey. Salaries ranged from $26,180 for the bottom 10 percent to $111,320 for the top 10 percent. The median annual wage for the 147,110 apartment building superintendents employed in the U.S. was $51,480. To calculate annual wages, the BLS multiplies the mean hourly wage by 2,080, which is the average number of hours worked by a full-time employee.
Apartment building superintendents working in the "activities related to real estate" industry earned a mean annual wage of $60,860. This industry reported the highest employment levels for apartment building superintendents, according to the bureau. Superintendents working for real estate offices earned a mean annual wage of $60,840.
The five states that employed the largest numbers of apartment building superintendents were California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Michigan. Salaries in those states ranged from $52,970 in Texas to $74,010 in California. The top-paying state for apartment building superintendents was New York, where superintendents earned a mean annual wage of $101,110. As of May 2010, four of the 10 highest-paying metropolitan areas for apartment building superintendents were in New York. However, San Francisco topped the list with a mean annual wage of $104,550.
The BLS estimates that employment for apartment building superintendents will grow by 8 percent through the year 2018. Job growth largely will be attributed to a growth in building development. Employment opportunities will be especially good for candidates with experience managing housing for the elderly, because of the aging of the U.S. population. The BLS notes that, in addition to salary, building superintendents who live onsite often receive the use of an apartment.