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Chief Estimator Salary (United States)

A Chief Estimator earns an average salary of $86,468 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. A skill in Cost Accounting is associated with high pay for this job.
Chief Estimator Salary (?
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$54,371 - $129,139
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $86,467
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Chief Estimator Salary (?
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$14.60 - $76.03
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,371 - $129,139  
   
Bonus
$154.56 - $20,756  
Profit Sharing
$2,007 - $10,090  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,941 - $146,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$154.56 - $20,756  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,007 - $10,090  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,941 - $146,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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Job Description for Chief Estimator

Chief estimator positions are classified as construction management jobs. Individuals in this position are responsible for managing and directing the organization's estimating functions. The chief estimator also directs all activities within the estimating department, including budgeting, staff scheduling and development, training, performance evaluations, and departmental goals. Additionally, they are responsible for the creation and implementation of department standard operating procedures and performance metrics. The chief estimator creates the bid schedule each week and delegates estimation jobs to other employees in the estimating department.
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Chief Estimator Tasks
  • Obtain and track subcontract bids and negotiate budgets.
  • Prepare and present estimate documentation, including gaps in available data.
  • Read and interpret plans, proposals and other documentation to create bids.
  • Track and analyze data to reduce gaps between estimates and actual costs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Estimator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 52%
Washington
up arrow 48%
Chicago
up arrow 42%
Seattle
up arrow 34%
Houston
up arrow 27%
Boston
up arrow 27%
Los Angeles
up arrow 6%
Pittsburgh
0%
National Average
$90,000
Dallas
up arrow 1%
Phoenix
up arrow 7%
San Diego
up arrow 10%
Miami
up arrow 11%
Denver
up arrow 11%
Atlanta
up arrow 15%
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Chief Estimator Reviews

What is it like working as a Chief Estimator?
Chief Estimator in Dallas:
"Fast Paced And Stressful."
Pros: It is a stepping stone to a better job.
Cons: People don't do what they say they are going to do.

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Experience Affects Chief Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%
National Average
$90,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
Entry-Level
up arrow 45%

Skills That Affect Chief Estimator Salaries

Cost Accounting
up arrow 17%
Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%
People Management
up arrow 1%
National Average
$90,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 16%