Junior Estimator Salary

Junior Estimators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. Total cash compensation to Junior Estimators bottoms out near $29K and approaches $62K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Junior Estimators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,019 - $62,160
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,332
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90%

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$11.85 - $23.13
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,019 - $62,160  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$29,085 - $61,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $23.13  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $32.70  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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).
)
$29,085 - $61,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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

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

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Professional skills reported by Junior Estimators are few in number. Most notably, skills in Construction Estimating, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. Employees educated in Construction Estimating are typically practiced in Microsoft Excel, too.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

AutoCAD
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 24%
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