Estimating Manager Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Estimating Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $137K per year, but median earnings come to around $79K per year. Total cash earnings of Estimating Managers range from $48K on the low end to $137K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $24K and $15K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Estimating Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Estimating Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$49,124 - $130,247

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$15.21 - $39.95

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,124 - $130,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,361  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $15,000  
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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$48,169 - $136,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $39.95  
   
Overtime
$22.13 - $52.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,361  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $15,000  
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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$48,169 - $136,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $71K. Estimating Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $102K.

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Experience Affects Estimating Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$81,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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