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Estimator, Construction Salary (United States)

Pay for Construction Estimators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $52K annually. Total cash compensation to Construction Estimators bottoms out near $34K and approaches $80K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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 (?
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$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  
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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Construction Estimators who advance into the role of a Senior Estimator are fairly uncommon. Senior Estimators $80K per year.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction

Construction Estimators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
For Construction Estimators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $55K. Construction Estimators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. 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 $60K on average. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

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Minneapolis
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National Average
$51,000
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Atlanta
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For those looking to make money, Construction Estimators in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Jacksonville (+29 percent), Denver (+24 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 12 percent below the national average.

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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%