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Junior Estimator Salary

Junior Estimators in the United States pull down an average of $46K per year. In the world of Junior Estimators, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $61K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Most Junior Estimators survey respondents are men (77 percent). Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Junior Estimators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$31,766 - $61,326
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,864
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50%
90%

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$11.82 - $22.70
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
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
$31,766 - $61,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,182  
Profit Sharing
$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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$28,395 - $61,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $22.70  
   
Overtime
$17.09 - $32.17  
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 - $5,182  
   
Profit Sharing
$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).
)
$28,395 - $61,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81

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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.

Common Career Paths for Junior Estimator


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Junior Estimators might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Construction Estimator, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $52K per year.

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Junior Estimators who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Construction Estimating and Microsoft Excel are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Construction Estimating to be familiar with Microsoft Excel as well.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 25%