Estimator, Construction Salary

Median pay for Construction Estimators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $58K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Construction Estimators generally range from $34K to $84K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Male Construction Estimators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Construction Estimators report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,515 - $83,530
$40K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $57,959
10%
50%
90%

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$12.94 - $25.76
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.08
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,515 - $83,530  
   
Bonus
$96.35 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$0.13 - $10,186  
Commission
$8,000  
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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$34,171 - $83,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $25.76  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $34.90  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$96.35 - $9,933  
   
Commission
$8,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.13 - $10,186  
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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$34,171 - $83,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 162

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Job Description for Estimator, Construction

The job of construction estimator is essential to a contractor or any company that performs many building or material improvements or renovations to their facilities. The estimator assesses all costs - material and labor - for potential construction projects. They normally work within a firm to come up with their best estimates for a project so that the company can then implement this work into a budget for a bid; their estimates are often for internal use only, although some contractors have their estimators write actual bids as well.

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Estimator, Construction Tasks

  • Create estimates and cost or expenditure statements for use in future project consideration.
  • Create cost tracking and reporting operational systems.
  • Consult with outsides sources and analyze documents to create time, cost, materials and labor estimates.

Common Career Paths for Estimator, Construction


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While not commonly seen, Construction Estimators who transition into a Chief Estimator position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Estimators is $94K per year. Construction Estimators most often move into positions as Senior Estimators or Construction Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Construction Estimators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Job Scheduling command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Blueprints, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction

Pay by Experience for an Estimator, Construction has a positive trend. An entry-level Estimator, Construction with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 302 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Estimator, Construction with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Estimator, Construction which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 179 salaries. An Estimator, Construction with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 104 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,925

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Estimators, 39 percent above the national average. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Jacksonville (+25 percent), Salt Lake City (+21 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Richmond is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (9 percent less) and St. Louis (7 percent less).

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Key Stats for Estimator, Construction

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries

▲27%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$53,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries

Job Scheduling
▲39%

Construction Estimating
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$53,000


▼3%



▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 29%