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Senior Estimator Salary

Senior Estimators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $80K per year on average but can range from $53K to $123K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Senior Estimators spread between $53K and $123K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. Most Senior Estimators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$53,107 - $116,373
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,696
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90%

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$16.35 - $49.43
(Median)
$16
$26
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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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
$53,107 - $116,373  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,244  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $13,079  
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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$52,818 - $123,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,705
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.35 - $49.43  
   
Overtime
$24.61 - $63.52  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,244  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $13,079  
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).
)
$52,818 - $123,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144

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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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Although it's unusual, some Senior Estimators transition into jobs as Chief Estimators. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $92K per year, though.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Survey results show that Senior Estimators use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Construction Estimating, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and Blueprints. Most people who know Construction Estimating also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $73K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Estimators will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Dallas (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Scheduling
up arrow 7%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 403 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
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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