For Construction Estimators, annual average wages total $58K per year. Overall cash earnings for Construction Estimators stretch from $34K on the lower end to $86K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Construction Estimators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,785 - $85,217
$40K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,312
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90%

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$12.89 - $25.90
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,785 - $85,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,961  
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $10,766  
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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$34,271 - $85,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.89 - $25.90  
   
Overtime
$19.20 - $38.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,961  
   
Commission
$8,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $10,766  
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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$34,271 - $85,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173

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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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Though some Construction Estimators move into positions like Chief Estimator (where the average salary is $94K), this progression is not the norm. Construction Estimators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Estimators or Construction Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $28K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Construction Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 and Blueprints. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction

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


For many Construction Estimators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. Construction Estimators bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Construction Estimators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,273

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Construction Estimators in Jacksonville receive some of the highest pay in the country. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Salt Lake City (+20 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Richmond ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (10 percent lower) and Los Angeles (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Estimator, Construction

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries

Job Scheduling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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