Estimator, Construction Salary (United States)

Construction Estimators in the United States can typically expect wages of $50,996 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $34,093 to $80,130 per year. The final incomes of Construction Estimators vary between $34,093 and $80,130; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $9,743, $8,243, and $20K, respectively. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. 26 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and about half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Estimator, Construction Salary (?
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$35,997 - $77,093
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $52,492
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Estimator, Construction Salary (?
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$12.65 - $30.95
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,997 - $77,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,743  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $8,243  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
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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$34,093 - $80,130  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 907
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $30.95  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $41.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,743  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $8,243  
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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$34,093 - $80,130  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Construction Estimators who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Senior Estimator may make an additional $29K per year than lower-end positions.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Project Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. 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.
Construction Estimators do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $44K, which grows to $55K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $58K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Construction Estimators who have made it this far report earning around $60K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Denver
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Phoenix
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New York
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Minneapolis
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National Average
$51,000
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Atlanta
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For Construction Estimators, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Jacksonville, Denver, Phoenix, and New York, top-paying cities where Construction Estimators see paychecks higher than average (+29 percent, +24 percent, +20 percent, and +19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries

Project Management
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Microsoft Word
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Construction Estimating
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Microsoft Excel
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Blueprints
0%
Microsoft Office
0%
AutoCAD
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

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%
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