What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Senior Estimator Salary

Senior Estimators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with over three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $80K annually on average but can range from $53K to $123K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Senior Estimators. Ranging between $53K near the bottom and $123K near the top, total earnings can include up to $15K from bonuses and up to $13K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $55K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Estimators. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Read More
$53,277 - $116,446
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,760
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$16.89 - $49.19
(Median)
$17
$26
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,277 - $116,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,200  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $13,029  
Commission
$0.00 - $55,184  
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).
)
$53,024 - $123,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,718
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.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $49.19  
   
Overtime
$24.76 - $63.36  
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 - $15,200  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,184  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $13,029  
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).
)
$53,024 - $123,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


A lot of Senior Estimators move on to become Chief Estimators, that group gets paid a slightly higher $92K on average.

Senior Estimator Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Survey results imply that Senior Estimators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Scheduling, Construction Estimating, Contractor Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Blueprints. Most people skilled in Construction Estimating are similarly competent in 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $73K. Senior Estimators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $91K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Senior Estimators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+32 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Dallas (3 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Scheduling
up arrow 7%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Contractor Management
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$82,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 400 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
41%

Common Health Benefits

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