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Senior Estimator Salary (United States)

Senior Estimators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $79K per year, but may range from $53K to $123K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $13K, and $56K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Estimators can bottom out near $53K or top out at around $123K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Senior Estimator Salary (?
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$52,863 - $114,730
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $79,004
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Senior Estimator Salary (?
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$17.01 - $49.23
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,863 - $114,730  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,125  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $13,478  
Commission
$0.00 - $55,752  
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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$52,565 - $123,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.01 - $49.23  
   
Overtime
$26.03 - $65.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,125  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,752  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $13,478  
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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$52,565 - $123,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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
  • 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.
  • Evaluate risk and budgets for projects by considering RFP, blueprints, specs, or other documents.
  • Manage subcontractor bids and process.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator

Survey results imply that Senior Estimators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Construction Estimating, Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Construction Estimating indicates knowledge of Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Senior Estimators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $60K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $72K. Senior Estimators bring in $83K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $91K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Senior Estimators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and Sacramento (+19 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (4 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries

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$81,000

Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 421 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 15%