Estimator, Construction Salary

Average Construction Estimators in the United States make around $54K per year. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Construction Estimators spread between $34K and $81K depending on individual performance. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Construction Estimators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The vast majority of Construction Estimators (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,733 - $79,738
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,499
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$11.85 - $29.73
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,733 - $79,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,761  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $20,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $16,219  
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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$33,747 - $80,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $29.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04  
Overtime
$16.89 - $42.70  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,761  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $16,219  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $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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$33,747 - $80,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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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While not commonly seen, Construction Estimators who transition into a Chief Estimator position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Chief Estimators is $94K per year. Senior Estimators or Construction Project Managers are common next-step roles for Construction Estimators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Estimators is $29K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Construction Project Managers.

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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. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Construction Estimators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $56K. Construction Estimators see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,828

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

With a pay rate for Construction Estimators that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Jacksonville (+27 percent), Sacramento (+25 percent), Denver (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Richmond and St. Louis (7 percent lower and 5 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 Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Blueprints
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$52,000

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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