Estimating Manager Salary
The majority of Estimating Managers in the United States — more than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $44K to $142K per year, and the median is $80K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Estimating Managers survey respondents are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction for Estimating Managers is high. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$45,881 - $131,430|
|Bonus||$51.29 - $20,702|
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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).)
|$43,879 - $141,515|
|Hourly Rate||$11.33 - $44.04|
|Bonus||$51.29 - $20,702|
|Total Pay (||$43,879 - $141,515|
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.Read More...
Physical requirements for this position are generally limited to long hours in front of a computer, although there may be some work at field locations related to construction or other activities. Work hours may vary depending on specific projects or requirements, but these professionals often work during regular business hours.
Because of the potentially specialized nature of these positions, educational requirements vary, but typically a bachelor’s degree is preferred and a high school diploma or equivalent is mandatory. Many positions require extensive experience in a related role and the ability to read blueprints and technical documents as well. Additionally, estimating managers must have excellent communication skills, be proficient with basic computer programs, and have good multitasking skills. They must work well on their own with minimal supervision, as well as in a team setting.
Estimating Manager Tasks
- Examine blueprints to create quotes, estimate costs, and set prices.
- Negotiate change orders, modifications, and final settlements with clients.
- Create proposals for specific jobs, coordinating across proposals to meet goals.
Pay by Experience Level for Estimating Manager
Pay by Experience for an Estimating Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Estimating Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 50 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Estimating Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Estimating Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 98 salaries. An Estimating Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 78 salaries.
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