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Estimator, Construction Salary

The average Construction Estimator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K annually. Total cash incomes of Construction Estimators run from $34K to $80K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $20K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Construction Estimators (88 percent) survey respondents are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,392 - $77,563
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,343
10%
50%
90%

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$12.57 - $31.13
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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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
$36,392 - $77,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,256  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $10,101  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$34,121 - $79,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 919
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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $31.13  
   
Overtime
$16.63 - $42.90  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,256  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $10,101  
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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$34,121 - $79,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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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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Construction Estimators might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Estimator, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $80K per year. As Construction Estimators progress in their field, many go on to become Construction Project Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $70K per year. Another common career choice for Construction Estimators is to move into an Assistant Project Manager of Construction role. Typically, Assistant Project Managers of Construction get paid $49K.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Survey results suggest that Construction Estimators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Construction Estimating, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Blueprints also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction

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


For Construction Estimators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $56K. On average, Construction Estimators make $58K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Construction Estimators, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Construction Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+28 percent), Denver (+26 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Charlotte and 6 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries


Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$52,000

Blueprints
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 28%
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