Estimator, Construction Salary

The average Construction Estimator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K per year. Cash earnings of Construction Estimators — including $8K in bonuses, $10K in profit sharing proceeds, and $20K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $34K to approximately $80K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Construction Estimators are male. Most Construction Estimators report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,381 - $78,198

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$12.10 - $30.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,381 - $78,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,258  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $10,137  
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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$33,657 - $79,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 863
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$16.49 - $42.75  
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 - $8,258  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $10,137  
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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$33,657 - $79,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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Though some Construction Estimators move into positions like Chief Estimator (where the average salary is $93K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Construction Estimator often leads to becoming a Senior Estimator or a Construction Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $28K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Construction Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Construction Estimating, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know 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. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Construction Estimators make a median salary of $60K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Construction Estimators, 36 percent above the national average. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+28 percent), Jacksonville (+28 percent), Denver (+23 percent), and Phoenix (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (15 percent lower) and Richmond (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries


Construction Estimating
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$52,000

Blueprints
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 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
17%

Common Health Benefits

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