Estimator, Construction Salary (United States)

The average Construction Estimator in the United States earns approximately $50,996 per year. Pay generally spreads from $34,093 to $80,130 per year. Overall compensation packages to Construction Estimators range from $35,997 on the low end to $77,093 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $9,743 and profit sharing that approaches $8,243, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $20K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field—26 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Estimators. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Estimator, Construction Salary (?
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$35,997 - $77,093
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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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As Construction Estimators make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $29K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Senior Estimator.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction

Construction Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Those who have experience with Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of 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. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $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 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, 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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Jacksonville
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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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With a pay rate for Construction Estimators that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Jacksonville, Denver, Phoenix, and New York, where Construction Estimators annually earn 29 percent, 24 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent more than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta.

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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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