For Junior Estimators, yearly average wages total $45K annually. Total incomes of Junior Estimators incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $31K and $60K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Estimators. Most Junior Estimators survey respondents are men (78 percent). While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance.

$33,448 - $61,865
$33K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,390
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90%

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$13.11 - $24.42
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$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,448 - $61,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$30,568 - $59,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $24.42  
   
Overtime
$19.85 - $32.57  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$30,568 - $59,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125

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Job Description for Junior Estimator

Junior estimators are in charge of conducting accurate cost analyses and estimations for their organization. They are responsible for preparing preliminary estimates for conceptual projects and assisting more experienced estimators with direct cost reports. These estimators follow company procedures to facilitate and define project scope, as well as use their financial expertise to prepare effective proposals in a deadline-driven environment. They help other estimators with pricing schedules, participate in proposal preparation, and perform technical assessments to facilitate analysis functions. In all tasks, junior estimators must follow project specifications and any relevant confidentiality rules.

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Junior Estimator Tasks

  • Interpret plans and construction materials to propose and double-check estimates.
  • Identify and resolve deviations from the proposal, including scope and specifications.
  • Oversee work progress, complete logs, and update supervisors about challenges.
  • Write up technical reports, subcontracts, purchase orders, project updates, and proposals.

Common Career Paths for Junior Estimator


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Many Junior Estimators move into a Construction Estimator role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $52K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Estimator


Junior Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, Blueprints, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Construction Estimating also know AutoCAD.

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Key Stats for Junior Estimator

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%


National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
up arrow 19%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$42,000


autodesk autocad
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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