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 $49K to $136K per year, and the median is $80K per year. With some bonuses approaching $24K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Estimating Managers spread between $49K and $136K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Estimating Managers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Estimating Managers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$49,445 - $129,552
(Median)
$49K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,726
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50%
90%

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$15.21 - $39.95
(Median)
$15
$22
$40
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,445 - $129,552  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,323  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $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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$48,656 - $136,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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 - $24,323  
   
Profit Sharing
$979 - $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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$48,656 - $136,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $71K. On average, Estimating Managers make $80K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $103K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Estimating Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

National Average
$81,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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