Junior Estimator Salary

Junior Estimators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $45K per year. Cash earnings for Junior Estimators — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $60K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Junior Estimators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and about one-half have dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Junior Estimators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,543 - $61,067
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,785
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50%
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 (?
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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 (?
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, Blueprints, Construction Estimating, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Construction Estimating also 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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