An average Junior Estimator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K per year. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Junior Estimators spread between $31K and $59K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Junior Estimators who answered the questionnnaire. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Junior Estimators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,827 - $61,693
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,299
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50%
90%

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$13.07 - $24.44
(Median)
$13
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,827 - $61,693  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,700  
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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$30,574 - $59,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $24.44  
   
Overtime
$19.45 - $32.24  
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 - $3,700  
   
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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$30,574 - $59,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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 who move on to become Construction Estimators may enjoy significant pay raises, as Construction Estimators get paid an average of $52K per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Estimator


Survey results suggest that Junior Estimators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. Those proficient in Construction Estimating are, more often than not, also skilled in AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
up arrow 20%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

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: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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