Electrical Estimator Salary

The average Electrical Estimator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $63K per year. Overall cash earnings for Electrical Estimators stretch from $38K on the lower end to $94K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $14K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electrical Estimators. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,727 - $92,220
$41K
$63K
$92K
MEDIAN: $62,969
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$15.33 - $37.73
$15
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $23.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,727 - $92,220  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,973  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,744  
Commission
$2,576 - $24,588  
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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$38,147 - $93,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $37.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.63  
Overtime
$22.31 - $52.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,973  
   
Commission
$2,576 - $24,588  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,744  
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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$38,147 - $93,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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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Electrical Estimators who transition into a Chief Estimator role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $94K per year. Electrical Estimators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Estimators or Electrical Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $16K higher, 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, Project Management, Construction Estimating, and accubid 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. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Construction Estimating also know Microsoft Office and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Electrical Estimator

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. For Electrical Estimators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,878

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Electrical Estimators, 19 percent higher than the national average. Electrical Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+13 percent), Sacramento (+13 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Baltimore (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Electrical Estimators in Tampa earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (24 percent lower) and Orlando (19 percent lower).

Electrical Estimator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Electrical Estimator

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Electrical Estimator Salaries

▲24%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$61,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Electrical Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
▲3%



National Average
$61,000

accubid
▼1%

AutoCAD Electrical
▼2%





Blueprints
▼11%

Software Knowledge
▼13%

AutoCAD
▼22%

autodesk autocad
▼22%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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