Senior Estimator Salary

With four-fifths of Senior Estimators in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Estimators is $83K per year and can range from $54K on the lower end to $129K per year near the higher end. Overall cash earnings for Senior Estimators stretch from $54K on the lower end to $129K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $14K from profit sharing. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Most Senior Estimators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,223 - $122,781
$55K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,134
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$17.43 - $46.15
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MEDIAN: $29.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,223 - $122,781  
   
Bonus
$690 - $15,245  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,842  
Commission
$1,949 - $49,493  
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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$53,692 - $128,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,085
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.43 - $46.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.37  
Overtime
$20.97 - $67.29  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$690 - $15,245  
   
Commission
$1,949 - $49,493  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,842  
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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$53,692 - $128,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 117

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Job Description for Senior Estimator

A senior estimator is responsible for predicting the cost of a construction project. To accomplish this, a senior estimator must gather all the data regarding materials, equipment, utilities and manpower required for a given project, figure out how long the project will take, adjust for economic conditions and perform a cost analysis to produce an accurate estimate. Once the estimate is complete, the senior estimator presents the estimate to senior management members. The senior estimator may also be expected to work with architects and other consultants to find ways to reduce costs without endangering the success of the project and could be expected to take part in soliciting and negotiating prices from contractors and suppliers. Senior estimators will often work a standard 40-hour work week, but emergencies and tight time restraints may require working additional hours to meet deadlines. The bulk of a senior estimator’s time will be spent in an office, but sometimes travel to work sites is required to meet with contractors, architects and other team members, and to meet with suppliers.

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Senior Estimator Tasks

  • Evaluate risk and budgets for projects by considering RFP, blueprints, specs, or other documents.
  • Manage subcontractor bids and process.
  • Develop strategies to meet project goals, like setting work hours, sequencing tasks, obtaining materials, etc.
  • Develop and present cost estimates for internal and external audiences.

Common Career Paths for Senior Estimator


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Many Senior Estimators transition into upper-level Chief Estimator positions. Chief Estimators earn a median of $94K per year. Many Senior Estimators go on to become Estimating Managers or Construction Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $11K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Survey results imply that Senior Estimators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Contractor Management, People Management, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 20 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing xactimate as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and Preconstruction Budgeting also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Blueprints are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

Pay by Experience for a Senior Estimator has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Estimator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 111 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Estimator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 280 salaries. An experienced Senior Estimator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 548 salaries. A Senior Estimator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 495 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,677

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For Senior Estimators, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+37 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis.

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Key Stats for Senior Estimator

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$85,000

▼8%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Contractor Management
▲22%

People Management
▲20%



Scheduling
▲3%


Project Management
▼0%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$85,000


▼2%


accubid
▼6%

▼7%

Preconstruction Budgeting
▼7%

xactimate
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 18%
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