Chief Estimator Salary

The average salary for a Chief Estimator is $87,036 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Preconstruction Budgeting and Cost Accounting.

$54,411 - $130,506
(Median)
$54K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,035
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$15.12 - $73.40
(Median)
$15
$26
$73
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,411 - $130,506  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $20,511  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,197  
Commission
$14,830 - $45,000  
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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$53,398 - $145,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 484
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $73.40  
   
Overtime
$10.88 - $49.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$151.01 - $20,511  
   
Commission
$14,830 - $45,000  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $10,197  
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).
)
$53,398 - $145,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.

Chief Estimator Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Chief Estimator in Dallas:
"To get ahead make sure work in several different roles."
Count everything so you can put a price to it. Trust your gut instincts. If it doesn't feel right it probably isn't.

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



National Average
$90,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 43%

Skills That Affect Chief Estimator Salaries

Preconstruction Budgeting
up arrow 56%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 17%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 1%

National Average
$90,000

People Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 16%
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