Junior Estimator Salary

For Junior Estimators, annual average wages total $45K per year. Total cash earnings of Junior Estimators range from $29K on the low end to $60K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $10K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and about one-half receive dental plans. Male Junior Estimators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average.

$32,543 - $61,067
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,785
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90%

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$11.94 - $23.75
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,543 - $61,067  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$29,292 - $60,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 223
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $23.75  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $32.31  
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 - $4,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$29,292 - $60,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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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Popular Skills for Junior Estimator


Junior Estimators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, Blueprints, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Construction Estimating also tend to know AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
up arrow 11%

Blueprints
up arrow 2%

Construction Estimating
0%

National Average
$41,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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