Senior Estimator Salary

With nearly 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 $130K per year near the higher end. The final incomes of Senior Estimators generally vary between $54K and $130K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $15K, $12K, and $51K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,936 - $123,864
$56K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,473
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$17.57 - $48.48
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$48
MEDIAN: $28.82
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$0$129K
Salary $55,936 - $123,864
Bonus $752 - $15,245
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $12,255
Commission $1,980 - $50,507
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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$54,094 - $129,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,095
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $17.57 - $48.48
Hourly Tips $1.37
Overtime $21.03 - $66.94
Annual Data $0$129K
Bonus $752 - $15,245
Commission $1,980 - $50,507
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $12,255
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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$54,094 - $129,996
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122

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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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Senior Estimators may enjoy increased earnings if they become Chief Estimators. This seems to be a popular career move, and Chief Estimator earn a slightly higher median of $94K annually. Senior Estimators most frequently advance into Estimating Manager and Construction Manager roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Senior Estimators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Contractor Management, People Management, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 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 educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed 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: $84,972

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

For Senior Estimators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+36 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Senior Estimator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Estimator?

Senior Estimator in Laguna Beach:
Pros: Not micromanaged. Cool houses.
Cons: Low Pay. No respect.

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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 222 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries

▲7%

▲1%

National Average
$85,000

▼8%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Contractor Management
▲21%

People Management
▲19%



Scheduling
▲2%


Project Management
▼0%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$85,000



▼3%

accubid
▼6%

▼7%

Preconstruction Budgeting
▼7%

xactimate
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 19%
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