Average Chief Estimator Salary

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

The average salary for a Chief Estimator is $100,713 in 2023

Base Salary
$65k - $151k
$2k - $26k
Profit Sharing
$2k - $26k
$6k - $20k
Total Pay
$63k - $168k
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What Do Chief Estimators Do?

Chief Estimator Tasks
  • Read and interpret plans, proposals and other documentation to create bids.
  • Track and analyze data to reduce gaps between estimates and actual costs.
  • Obtain and track subcontract bids and negotiate budgets.
  • Prepare and present estimate documentation, including gaps in available data.
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How do Chief Estimators Rate Their Jobs?

4.3 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
Based on 63 responses, the job of Chief Estimator has received a job satisfaction rating of 4.25 out of 5. On average, Chief Estimators are highly satisfied with their job.

FAQs About Chief Estimators

What is the highest pay for Chief Estimators?

Our data indicates that the highest pay for a Chief Estimator is $151k / year

What is the lowest pay for Chief Estimators?

Our data indicates that the lowest pay for a Chief Estimator is $65k / year

How can Chief Estimators increase their salary?

Increasing your pay as a Chief Estimator is possible in different ways. Change of employer: Consider a career move to a new employer that is willing to pay higher for your skills. Level of Education: Gaining advanced degrees may allow this role to increase their income potential and qualify for promotions. Managing Experience: If you are a Chief Estimator that oversees more junior Chief Estimators, this experience can increase the likelihood to earn more.