The average salary for a Chief Estimator is $92,317 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. A skill in Preconstruction Budgeting is associated with high pay for this job.

$56,611 - $142,612
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MEDIAN: $92,317
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$56,611 - $142,612  
   
Bonus
$979 - $20,767  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,121  
Commission
$15,170  
Total Pay (?
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$55,314 - $152,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 480
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.39 - $60.70  
   
Overtime
$25.24 - $100.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$979 - $20,767  
   
Commission
$15,170  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,121  
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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$55,314 - $152,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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

National Average: $96,785

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Chief Estimator Advice

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

Chief Estimator in Dallas:
"Chief estimator advice."
Have as much experience as possible in conceptual estimating. Have as much well-rounded experience as possible.

Chief Estimator in Nashville:
"How messed up drawings we're going to be in the real world."
Try not to rush through jobs just do the best you can do as fast as you can do it. Stay on point and be thorough as you can.

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
$97,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 36%

Skills That Affect Chief Estimator Salaries

Preconstruction Budgeting
up arrow 39%

Cost Accounting
up arrow 8%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$97,000


Microsoft Office
up arrow 19%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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