Estimator, Construction Salary

Construction Estimators in the United States take home an average $54K annually. With bonuses occasionally running north of $8K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $10K, and a few commissions as high as $20K, total income for Construction Estimators can range between $34K and $80K according to individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Construction Estimators. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. The vast majority of Construction Estimators (88 percent) who took the survey are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,185 - $77,915
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,531
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50%
90%

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$12.15 - $30.80
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
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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
$36,185 - $77,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,292  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $10,174  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$33,671 - $79,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 869
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $30.80  
   
Overtime
$16.60 - $42.60  
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.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,292  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $10,174  
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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$33,671 - $79,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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 who transition into a Chief Estimator role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $92K per year. Typical career progression for a Construction Estimator involves becoming a Senior Estimator or a Construction Project Manager, roles that pay $29K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Survey results suggest that Construction Estimators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Office, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. For Construction Estimators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Construction Estimators that is 36 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 (+28 percent), Denver (+26 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). Construction Estimators in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Richmond (15 percent lower and 2 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 Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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$52,000

Blueprints
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 29%
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