Junior Estimator Salary

Junior Estimators in the United States take home approximately $46K per year on average. In the world of Junior Estimators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $62K. Residence and career length 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. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and approximately half have dental insurance. Male Junior Estimators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$32,333 - $62,283
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,228
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90%

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$11.88 - $23.97
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
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
$32,333 - $62,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$29,196 - $62,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $23.97  
   
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 - $10,213  
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).
)
$29,196 - $62,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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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Advancing into a Construction Estimator role seems to be a popular career move for Junior Estimators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $52K per year.

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Junior Estimators report a focused set of job skills. 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. Competency in Construction Estimating frequently indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

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 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 12%

AutoCAD
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 24%
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