Electrical Estimator Salary

Men make up the majority of Electrical Estimators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $61K per year. Final incomes of Electrical Estimators generally vary between $39K and $91K; more lucrative packages include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions — occasionally as high as $10K each for the first two and $25K for the last. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and just over a half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,241 - $89,341
(Median)
$41K
$61K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,003
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$14.89 - $35.02
(Median)
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,241 - $89,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,565  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Commission
$2,970 - $24,658  
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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$38,680 - $90,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 795
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.89 - $35.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$18.85 - $47.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,565  
   
Commission
$2,970 - $24,658  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$38,680 - $90,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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Job Description for Electrical Estimator

An electrical estimator works closely with the senior estimating staff to provide electrical estimates. They collect and analyze quotes from suppliers and subcontractors during the bidding process to obtain the complete bid package pricing and qualification information. It is also their job to generate costs estimates, and identify possible deficiencies in bid documents during the pre-bid process.

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Electrical Estimator Tasks

  • Create project plans from estimates, and define tasks, schedules, and necessary personnel.
  • Confer with subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers, and negotiate and use local expertise to estimate costs.
  • Visit job sites to assess progress, maintain logs, troubleshoot problems, and evaluate work.
  • Examine proposals, blueprints, and specifications to determine the kind and time period of work necessary for a project.
  • Prepare material orders and other documentation.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Estimator


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Electrical Estimators may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chief Estimator. The latter position pays an average of $94K annually. Typical career progression for an Electrical Estimator involves becoming a Senior Estimator or an Electrical Project Manager, roles that pay $22K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Estimator


Electrical Estimators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in accubid, Construction Estimating, Project Management, and AutoCAD Electrical are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Software Knowledge, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office and Project Management. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Estimator

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. On average, Electrical Estimators make $67K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,826

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Electrical Estimators, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 62 percent greater than the national average. Electrical Estimators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Sacramento and Atlanta (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Electrical Estimator Reviews

What is it like working as an Electrical Estimator?

Electrical Estimator in Purcellville:
"Good environment, stress level moderate, team effort."
Pros: Meeting with customers and cultivating new and ongoing business, great team to work with. Nice office environment.
Cons: Deadlines for bids can be stressful. Lots of lost bids - very competitive.

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Experience Affects Electrical Estimator Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Estimator Salaries

accubid
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Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Project Management
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AutoCAD Electrical
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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%



Software Knowledge
up arrow 10%

AutoCAD
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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