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Junior Estimator Salary

Junior Estimators in the United States take home an average $45K annually. Cash earnings for Junior Estimators — including $5K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $61K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Junior Estimators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$30,933 - $59,886
(Median)
31K
37K
45K
52K
60K
MEDIAN: $44,846
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$11.60 - $23.55
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,933 - $59,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,112  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$26,973 - $60,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $23.55  
   
Overtime
$16.15 - $32.46  
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 - $5,112  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
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).
)
$26,973 - $60,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
United States (change)

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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As Junior Estimators make advancements in their career path to roles like Construction Estimator, salaries often climb aggressively. On average, Construction Estimators will make $52K annually.

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Junior Estimators report a narrow range of specific skills. Construction Estimating and Microsoft Excel are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Microsoft Excel is a skill commonly found among those who know Construction Estimating.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 23%