Electrical Estimator Salary

A sizeable majority of Electrical Estimators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $60K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $9K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Electrical Estimators can bottom out near $38K or peak near $90K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about one in five report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,755 - $89,091

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$14.93 - $35.19

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,755 - $89,091  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,756  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $11,745  
Commission
$3,084 - $19,653  
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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$38,477 - $90,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 751
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $35.19  
   
Overtime
$19.66 - $46.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,756  
   
Commission
$3,084 - $19,653  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $11,745  
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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$38,477 - $90,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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.

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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, Blueprints, Software Knowledge, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office and Project Management. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Estimator

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $46K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Electrical Estimators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.

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 (+32 percent), New York (+29 percent), Boston (+28 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). Electrical Estimators in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. 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
up arrow 12%

Blueprints
up arrow 6%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

National Average
$59,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 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
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 21%
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