Estimating Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $44K to $139K per year, median earnings come to $81K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Estimating Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Estimating Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,928 - $131,079
(Median)
$49K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,492
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90%

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$11.40 - $35.62
(Median)
$11
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,928 - $131,079  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $20,653  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Commission
$21,900  
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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$44,111 - $139,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $35.62  
   
Overtime
$32.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.33 - $20,653  
   
Commission
$21,900  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$44,111 - $139,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Estimating Manager

The primary duty of estimating managers is to provide estimates for costs and time frames for projects' milestones and their eventual completion. Daily tasks include collecting information from involved parties, generating accurate estimates, and then communicating this information with relevant individuals and teams. Depending on the company and position, estimating managers may have regular contact with customers, vendors, and internal management, among others. Although some estimating managers work in small teams for large projects, they frequently work on their own to facilitate communication and planning among all parties.

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Estimating Manager Tasks

  • Create proposals for specific jobs, coordinating across proposals to meet goals.
  • Negotiate change orders, modifications, and final settlements with clients.
  • Examine blueprints to create quotes, estimate costs, and set prices.

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Pay by Experience Level for Estimating Manager

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


Estimating Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $54K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Estimating Managers make a median salary of $89K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $113K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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Experience Affects Estimating Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$81,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Skills That Affect Estimating Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 46%

Engineering Design
up arrow 12%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

National Average
$81,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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