Senior Estimator Salary

Over four-fifths of Senior Estimators in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $54K to $129K per year, and the average comes out to $83K annually. Overall compensation packages to Senior Estimators range from $54K on the low end to $129K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $15K and profit sharing that approaches $14K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $50K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. Most Senior Estimators report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$55,492 - $122,626
$55K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,426
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$15.84 - $51.28
$16
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$51
MEDIAN: $30.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,492 - $122,626  
   
Bonus
$968 - $15,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,168  
Commission
$1,927 - $49,833  
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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$54,010 - $128,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.84 - $51.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.37  
Overtime
$21.18 - $69.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$968 - $15,400  
   
Commission
$1,927 - $49,833  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,168  
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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$54,010 - $128,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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 often end up in upper-level roles like Chief Estimator. Chief Estimators bring home $94K annually on average. A lot of Senior Estimators advance their careers by becoming Estimating Managers and Construction Managers. However, those positions offer $11K less and $12K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Senior Estimators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 3 percent, respectively. Those listing xactimate as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and Preconstruction Budgeting also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent 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: $85,269

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Estimators in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Senior Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+36 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis.

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Key Stats for Senior Estimator

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
43%
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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%

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▼0%

National Average
$85,000



▼3%

accubid
▼7%

▼8%

Preconstruction Budgeting
▼8%

xactimate
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 18%