Junior Estimator Salary

Median pay for Junior Estimators in the United States is around $45K annually. Total cash compensation to Junior Estimators approaches anywhere from $31K on the lower end to $60K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Junior Estimators report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,391 - $61,475
$33K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,959
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50%
90%

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$13.11 - $24.74
$13
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.24
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,391 - $61,475  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,805  
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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$30,727 - $59,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $33.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,805  
   
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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$30,727 - $59,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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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

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

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 diverse set of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know Autodesk Quantity Takeoff can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent 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. The majority of those who know Construction Estimating also know AutoCAD.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,570

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Junior Estimators, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 53 percent above the national average. Junior Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+27 percent), New York (+21 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Miami (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Junior Estimator

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

National Average
$42,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
▲21%

Blueprints
▲1%

Construction Estimating
▼0%

National Average
$42,000


autodesk autocad
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Microsoft Office
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 35%
no benefits
None: 31%