Electrical Estimator Salary (United States)

Most Electrical Estimators in the United States are men, earning an average of $56,608 per year. Pay ranges from $37,416 on the low end to $88,777 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $40,203 on the lower end to $87,724 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9,045 from bonuses and upwards of $11,635 from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and around one third have vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Electrical Estimator Salary (?
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$40,203 - $87,724
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MEDIAN: $58,584
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Electrical Estimator Salary (?
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$14.42 - $34.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,203 - $87,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,045  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $11,635  
Commission
$6,000 - $15,000  
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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$37,416 - $88,777  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $34.79  
   
Overtime
$19.61 - $49.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,045  
   
Commission
$6,000 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $11,635  
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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$37,416 - $88,777  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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 often receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Senior Estimator position frequently earn an additional $23K per year.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Estimator

Electrical Estimators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, accubid, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those who learned Microsoft Word also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Construction Estimating. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Estimator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Electrical Estimators with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Beginning workers can expect to earn $45K starting out, which grows to $57K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $66K. As Electrical Estimators reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $69,831. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 24 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$57,000
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For Electrical Estimators, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. New York, Chicago, Boston, and Minneapolis also offer top salaries for Electrical Estimators. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 34 percent, 32 percent, 29 percent, and 16 percent more, respectively. Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -8 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Electrical Estimator Salaries

National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Electrical Estimator Salaries

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$57,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 19%
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