Estimator, Construction Salary

Earnings for Construction Estimators in the United States come in at around $54K annually on average. With bonuses occasionally running north of $8K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $10K, and a few commissions as high as $20K, total income for Construction Estimators can range between $34K and $80K according to individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The vast majority (88 percent) of Construction Estimators who answered the questionnaire are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,200 - $78,084
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,565
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90%

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$12.12 - $30.72
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
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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
$36,200 - $78,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,193  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $10,174  
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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$33,718 - $80,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 867
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $30.72  
   
Overtime
$16.60 - $42.60  
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 - $8,193  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $10,174  
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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$33,718 - $80,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Chief Estimator, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Chief Estimators earn $92K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Construction Estimator often leads to becoming a Senior Estimator or a Construction Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $29K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Survey results suggest that Construction Estimators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Construction Estimating, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel 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 many Construction Estimators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. Construction Estimators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Estimators, 36 percent above 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). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Dallas (15 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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 Word
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$52,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 215 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
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 29%
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