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Electrical Estimator Salary

Male Electrical Estimators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $60K per year in the United States. In the world of Electrical Estimators, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $90K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $12K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electrical Estimators. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,819 - $88,953
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $60,413
10%
50%
90%

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$14.87 - $35.18
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,819 - $88,953  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,844  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $11,792  
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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$38,284 - $90,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 742
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $35.18  
   
Overtime
$19.56 - $47.16  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,844  
   
Commission
$6,104 - $20,168  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $11,792  
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).
)
$38,284 - $90,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300

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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


Electrical Estimators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in accubid, Project Management, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Construction Estimating. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Word are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Estimator

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


For many Electrical Estimators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $70K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Electrical Estimators, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electrical Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+34 percent), New York (+31 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Electrical Estimators in Orlando earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Sacramento and Atlanta (18 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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National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 21%
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