Senior Estimator Salary

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 $80K annually, but may range from $53K to $123K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Estimators — including $15K bonuses, $13K profit sharing proceeds, and $55K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $53K and $123K. Residence 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 is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Estimators. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,234 - $116,540
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,988
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90%

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$16.55 - $49.07
(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
$53,234 - $116,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,132  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $13,396  
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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$52,769 - $123,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,730
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.55 - $49.07  
   
Overtime
$23.34 - $69.93  
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 - $15,132  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $13,396  
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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$52,769 - $123,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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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Senior Estimators often end up in upper-level roles like Chief Estimator. Chief Estimators bring home $92K annually on average.

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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 educated in Construction Estimating tend to be well versed in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

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


Senior Estimators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $59K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Estimators make a median salary of $83K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Senior Estimators in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+31 percent), New York (+31 percent), Houston (+20 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Atlanta and 5 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 376 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
40%

Common Health Benefits

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