Electrical Estimator Salary

Men make up the majority of Electrical Estimators in the United States, bringing in about $61K annually. Total cash compensation varies widely depending on the individual performance of Electrical Estimators. Generally sitting in the range of $39K to $91K, the final number can include almost $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing and commissions of $25K in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Electrical Estimators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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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For Electrical Estimators, progressing to a Chief Estimator role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Chief Estimator can earn $94K annually. It is quite typical for Electrical Estimators to transition into roles as Senior Estimators or Electrical Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $22K and $18K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Estimator


Electrical Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in accubid, Construction Estimating, Project Management, and AutoCAD Electrical are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Software Knowledge, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office and Project Management.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Electrical Estimators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,826

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

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Electrical Estimators, 62 percent above the national average. Electrical Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Sacramento and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
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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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