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 $60K per year. Cash earnings for Electrical Estimators — including $9K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $90K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a little over a half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Electrical Estimators is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,971 - $88,865
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $60,385
10%
50%
90%

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$14.78 - $35.02
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,971 - $88,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $11,920  
Commission
$6,104 - $20,168  
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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$37,892 - $90,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 732
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.78 - $35.02  
   
Overtime
$19.48 - $46.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
   
Commission
$6,104 - $20,168  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $11,920  
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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$37,892 - $90,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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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 who move on to become Senior Estimators may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Estimators get paid an average of $80K per year.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Estimator


Survey results imply that Electrical Estimators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in accubid, Project Management, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Word also typically contains Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $59K. For Electrical Estimators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. 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 $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Electrical Estimators, 59 percent above the national average. Electrical Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+34 percent), New York (+32 percent), Boston (+26 percent), and Minneapolis (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Electrical Estimator's salary, with Orlando Electrical Estimators earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Atlanta and 9 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Project Management
up arrow 4%

Construction Estimating
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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 21%