What is a subcontractor?

Updated March 24, 2022

Hired by the general contractor for new-construction and renovation projects, subcontractors are specialists in particular trades who provide expertise that others on the job site or the work team do not have.

Subcontractors include electricians, roofers and bricklayers. Credit: Harald Matern/Pixabay

They include:

  • electricians
  • acoustic engineers
  • illumination experts and designers
  • roofers
  • plumbers
  • green-energy experts
  • millworkers and carvers
  • bricklayers
  • swimming pool designers and builders

They work closely with the general contractor, who pays them per project.

Subcontractors must be licensed in the U.S. state they work in.

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