Senior Estimator Salary

The majority of Senior Estimators in the United States — over three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $53K to $123K per year, and the median is $80K per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $15K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $14K, and a few commissions as high as $55K, total income for Senior Estimators can range between $53K and $123K according to individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Senior Estimators claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$53,223 - $116,648

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$16.55 - $49.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,223 - $116,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,114  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $13,740  
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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$52,774 - $123,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,755
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,114  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $13,740  
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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$52,774 - $123,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Many Senior Estimators advance their careers by becoming Chief Estimators, who report a slightly higher median income of $93K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Senior Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and Blueprints. Most people familiar with 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.


Senior Estimators generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary 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


For Senior Estimators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+31 percent), New York (+31 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (7 percent lower) and Dallas (5 percent lower).

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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 375 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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 16%
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