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Estimator, Construction Salary

The average Construction Estimator in the United States earns approximately $52K per year. Overall cash earnings for Construction Estimators stretch from $34K on the lower end to $80K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. For the most part, Construction Estimators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,010 - $76,756
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,173
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$12.67 - $30.76
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,010 - $76,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,727  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,142  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$34,075 - $79,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 966
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $30.76  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $41.88  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,727  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,142  
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).
)
$34,075 - $79,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Estimator, Construction


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As Construction Estimators make advancements in their career path to roles like Senior Estimator, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Senior Estimators will make $80K annually.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Survey results show that Construction Estimators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction

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


Construction Estimators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Construction Estimators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Construction Estimators, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Jacksonville (+29 percent), Denver (+23 percent), and Phoenix (+20 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 26%