Average Construction Estimators in the United States make around $58K per year. Cash earnings for Construction Estimators — including $10K in bonuses and $11K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $84K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,644 - $83,154
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,603
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$12.60 - $27.50
(Median)
$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$39,644 - $83,154  
   
Bonus
$1.14 - $10,017  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,665  
Commission
$7,000  
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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$33,810 - $83,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $27.50  
   
Overtime
$19.38 - $38.70  
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
$1.14 - $10,017  
   
Commission
$7,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,665  
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).
)
$33,810 - $83,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Construction Estimators sometimes become Chief Estimators, where the average income is $95K per year. 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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Job Scheduling and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Blueprints are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. On average, Construction Estimators make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,341

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

Home to some of the best pay for Construction Estimators, Jacksonville offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Salt Lake City (+15 percent), New York (+10 percent), Denver (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). In Richmond, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (10 percent less) and Charlotte (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries

Job Scheduling
up arrow 38%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$53,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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