Junior Estimator Salary

An average Junior Estimator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K annually. Total cash earnings of Junior Estimators range from $29K on the low end to $62K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $10K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male Junior Estimators are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,830 - $61,697

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$11.88 - $23.93

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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
$31,830 - $61,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,042  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$29,217 - $61,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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
$11.88 - $23.93  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $32.70  
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 - $5,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$29,217 - $61,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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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Junior Estimators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, Construction Estimating, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing AutoCAD and Microsoft Office as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Aptitude in Construction Estimating tends to also indicate an understanding of Microsoft Excel.

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Experience Affects Junior Estimator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Junior Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
up arrow 9%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 25%
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