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Estimator, Construction Salary

Average Construction Estimators in the United States make around $53K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Construction Estimators — as high as $9K, $10K and $20K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $34K to $80K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Construction Estimators (89 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Estimators. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,156 - $76,947
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,954
10%
50%
90%

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$12.93 - $31.08
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
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
$36,156 - $76,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,345  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10,000  
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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$33,849 - $79,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 936
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.
)
$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.93 - $31.08  
   
Overtime
$16.76 - $43.14  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,345  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10,000  
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).
)
$33,849 - $79,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306

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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 often transition into Senior Estimator positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Estimators earn $80K per year. With an annual salary of $70K, Construction Project Manager is the most common role for Construction Estimators to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Assistant Project Manager of Construction role — which usually pays $49K — is also typical for Construction Estimators, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Survey results show that Construction Estimators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are 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.


For Construction Estimators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $55K. On average, Construction Estimators make $58K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Construction Estimators that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+29 percent), Denver (+27 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Austin (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries


Microsoft Excel
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Construction Estimating
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Blueprints
0%

National Average
$51,000

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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