Electrical Estimator Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electrical Estimators earn an average of $60K annually. Total cash earnings of Electrical Estimators range from $38K on the low end to $90K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $12K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,893 - $88,877
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$89K
MEDIAN: $60,416
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50%
90%

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$14.91 - $35.09
(Median)
$15
$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,893 - $88,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $11,836  
Commission
$8,000 - $20,347  
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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$38,376 - $89,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $35.09  
   
Overtime
$19.61 - $47.82  
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 - $8,139  
   
Commission
$8,000 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $11,836  
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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$38,376 - $89,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Estimator, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office and Project Management. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. For Electrical Estimators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. 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 $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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+34 percent), New York (+29 percent), Boston (+27 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). Electrical Estimators in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 29 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Sacramento and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 12 percent less, 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%

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 196 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
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 21%
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