Estimating Manager Salary

With about two in three of Estimating Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $136K per year and averages out to $79K annually. Cash earnings for Estimating Managers — including $24K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $136K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Estimating Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Estimating Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$48,909 - $129,781
(Median)
$49K
$79K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,275
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$15.21 - $39.95
(Median)
$15
$22
$40
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,909 - $129,781  
   
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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$47,982 - $136,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$47,982 - $136,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.


For many Estimating Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. Estimating Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $79K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $104K.

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Experience Affects Estimating Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

National Average
$81,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

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
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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