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Senior Estimator Salary

The majority of Senior Estimators in the United States — more than three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $53K to $124K per year, and the median is $80K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Senior Estimators spread between $53K and $124K depending on individual performance. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Estimators. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,810 - $116,652
(Median)
$53K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $79,619
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$16.48 - $47.40
(Median)
$16
$26
$47
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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
$52,810 - $116,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,303  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $13,181  
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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$52,829 - $124,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,691
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
$16.48 - $47.40  
   
Overtime
$24.13 - $62.50  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,303  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $13,181  
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).
)
$52,829 - $124,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator


Senior Estimators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Construction Estimating, Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Blueprints. Those educated in Construction Estimating tend to be well versed in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Estimators make a median salary of $82K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Estimators, 35 percent higher than the national average. Senior Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+33 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Sacramento (+17 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (6 percent less) and Pittsburgh (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Estimator Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Skills That Affect Senior Estimator Salaries

Construction Estimating
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$81,000

Microsoft Excel
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Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
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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
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

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