Estimator, Construction Salary

Construction Estimators in the United States can expect wages of $54K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Construction Estimators runs from $34K to $81K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and slightly less than one-half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Construction Estimators are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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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There are some Construction Estimators — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Estimators, where earnings are an average $94K annually. Construction Estimators typically move into roles as Senior Estimators or Construction Project Managers, and those positions pay $29K more and $18K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Survey results imply that Construction Estimators put a diverse skill set 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 familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Construction Estimators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $56K. On average, Construction Estimators make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,828

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

Home to some of the best pay for Construction Estimators, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Construction Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+27 percent), Sacramento (+25 percent), Denver (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Richmond and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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
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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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