Estimating Manager Salary

Estimating Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K per year, but may range from $49K to $139K per year. In the world of Estimating Managers, overall income ranges from $49K near the bottom to $139K at the top; this can include more than $26K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Estimating Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The vast majority of Estimating Managers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$49,814 - $131,387
(Median)
$50K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,248
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50%
90%

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$12.00 - $34.78
(Median)
$12
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$49,814 - $131,387  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,867  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,899  
Commission
$13,000  
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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$48,627 - $138,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $34.78  
   
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 - $25,867  
   
Commission
$13,000  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,899  
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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$48,627 - $138,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Job skills reported by Estimating Managers are limited. Engineering Design and Construction Estimating are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimating Manager

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


For many Estimating Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $75K. Estimating Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $81K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $104K.

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Experience Affects Estimating Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

National Average
$82,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Skills That Affect Estimating Manager Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 11%


National Average
$82,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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