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Electrical Estimator Salary

Electrical Estimators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $60K annually. In the world of Electrical Estimators, total cash compensation can vary between $37K and $89K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $9K and $11K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and slightly more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,279 - $88,481
(Median)
$40K
$60K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,765
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90%

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$14.41 - $34.86
(Median)
$14
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,279 - $88,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$594 - $11,074  
Commission
$6,000 - $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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$37,186 - $89,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 727
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $34.86  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $49.87  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
   
Commission
$6,000 - $19,653  
Profit Sharing
$594 - $11,074  
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).
)
$37,186 - $89,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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, Project Management, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Microsoft Word also know Microsoft Excel and Construction Estimating. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. Electrical Estimators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. 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 $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Electrical Estimators, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 58 percent above the national average. Electrical Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Houston (+34 percent), Boston (+27 percent), and Minneapolis (+17 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Atlanta and 8 percent less in San Diego, 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
$58,000


Skills That Affect Electrical Estimator Salaries

accubid
up arrow 15%


Construction Estimating
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National Average
$58,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 19%