Electrical Estimator Salary

With around half of Electrical Estimators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Electrical Estimators is $64K per year and can range from $39K on the lower end to $95K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Electrical Estimators approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $95K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $9K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most Electrical Estimators report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,238 - $93,210
$43K
$64K
$93K
MEDIAN: $63,974
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$15.40 - $38.12
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MEDIAN: $23.74
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$0$94K
Salary $43,238 - $93,210
Bonus $0.00 - $9,919
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,400
Commission $2,043 - $23,489
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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$39,455 - $94,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 531
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $15.40 - $38.12
Hourly Tips $5.63
Overtime $19.84 - $60.50
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,919
Commission $2,043 - $23,489
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,400
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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$39,455 - $94,993
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 244

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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

  • Examine proposals, blueprints, and specifications to determine the kind and time period of work necessary for a project.
  • Prepare material orders and other documentation.
  • Visit job sites to assess progress, maintain logs, troubleshoot problems, and evaluate work.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Electrical Estimator


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At the upper end, Electrical Estimators who move into a Chief Estimator role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Chief Estimators is a much higher $94K per year. Electrical Estimators typically move into roles as Senior Estimators or Electrical Project Managers, and those positions pay $20K more and $14K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Electrical Estimator


Electrical Estimators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical, Project Management, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Computer Aided Drafting & Design as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office and Project Management. People who know Microsoft Excel usually also know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Estimator

Pay by Experience for an Electrical Estimator has a positive trend. An entry-level Electrical Estimator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 297 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Electrical Estimator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Electrical Estimator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 228 salaries. An Electrical Estimator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 206 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,092

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

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Electrical Estimators in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Electrical Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), Sacramento (+11 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+8 percent). Electrical Estimators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Electrical Estimators in Phoenix bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Orlando and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.

Electrical Estimator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Electrical Estimator?

Electrical Estimator in Arvada:
Pros: Working close with people and building relationship with clients and coworkers.
Cons: Time away from home and my family.

Electrical Estimator in Columbus:
"Satisfying."
Pros: Flexibility.
Cons: Stress.

Electrical Estimator in Deland:
"Estimating experiance."
Pros: My job offers me the flexibility to be with my family and to extend my knowledge of the industry.
Cons: Sometimes it can be long hours and the stress of landing new work can be demanding.

Electrical Estimator in Houston:
"Challenging, flexable, benifits."
Pros: Rewarding when we land a large job.
Cons: Sitting in an office.

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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Key Stats for Electrical Estimator

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Electrical Estimator Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$62,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Electrical Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
▲1%



National Average
$62,000

Construction Estimating
▼1%

▼2%

AutoCAD Electrical
▼4%




Blueprints
▼13%

Software Knowledge
▼15%

autodesk autocad
▼23%

AutoCAD
▼24%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼28%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 20%
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