As of June 2015, the average hourly rate for a general contractor in New York City is $25.21, according to PayScale.com. This is lower than the average hourly rate in other cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Most general contractors are self-employed, but others work for companies such as Home Depot. Nationwide, the field is overwhelmingly male at 97 percent male and 3 percent female, but males make an average of $15 to $30 per hour while females make an average of $12 to $45 per hour. General contractors with a bachelor's degree make between $15 and $30 per hour, and those with a high school diploma or general educational development certificates make about $25.