Senior Estimator Salary

Senior Estimators who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over three-quarters of Senior Estimators. Pay fluctuates from $53K to $123K per year, but expected earnings average $80K annually. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $13K, and $55K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Estimators can bottom out near $53K or top out at around $123K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Estimators is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$53,392 - $116,716
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,903
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$16.89 - $49.19
(Median)
$17
$26
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,392 - $116,716  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,158  
Profit Sharing
$488.32 - $13,207  
Commission
$0.00 - $55,000  
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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$53,153 - $123,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,722
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $49.19  
   
Overtime
$24.76 - $70.58  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,158  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$488.32 - $13,207  
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).
)
$53,153 - $123,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Estimator


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Senior Estimators who move on to become Chief Estimators, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $92K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Survey results suggest that Senior Estimators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Preconstruction Budgeting, Scheduling, Contractor Management, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Blueprints. Those familiar with Construction Estimating also tend to know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Estimators with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Estimators see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Estimators, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Senior Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+31 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (7 percent lower) and Dallas (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Preconstruction Budgeting
up arrow 9%

Scheduling
up arrow 6%

Contractor Management
up arrow 4%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 379 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 16%
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