Senior Estimator Salary

Senior Estimators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about four-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K per year, but may range from $53K to $125K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $15K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $53K and hits $125K on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$53,983 - $118,751
(Median)
$54K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,474
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$16.37 - $45.72
(Median)
$16
$26
$46
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,983 - $118,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,170  
Profit Sharing
$203.73 - $14,580  
Commission
$740 - $54,442  
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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$53,047 - $125,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,843
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.37 - $45.72  
   
Overtime
$23.04 - $62.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,170  
   
Commission
$740 - $54,442  
Profit Sharing
$203.73 - $14,580  
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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$53,047 - $125,185  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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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A lot of Senior Estimators move on to become Chief Estimators, that group gets paid a slightly higher $94K on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Senior Estimators seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Preconstruction Budgeting, and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing xactimate as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. AutoCAD and Blueprints also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Construction Estimating indicates knowledge of Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $63K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $75K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $92K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,953

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Senior Estimators in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 18 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries



National Average
$83,000



Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 24%

Preconstruction Budgeting
up arrow 8%

Scheduling
up arrow 5%

Contractor Management
up arrow 4%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$83,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

xactimate
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 390 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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