Average Chief Estimator Salary

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The average salary for a Chief Estimator is $95,600.
MEDIAN $95,600
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$59k - $146k
$977 - $25k
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$1k - $25k
$5k - $20k
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$57k - $159k

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Job Description for Chief Estimator

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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Career Paths

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Chief Estimator
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Construction Estimator
Construction Manager
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Popular Skills for Chief Estimator

Skills in People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Contract Negotiation, Project Management and Construction Estimating.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Estimator

An early career Chief Estimator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $65,822 based on 61 salaries. A mid-career Chief Estimator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,730 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Chief Estimator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $93,247 based on 328 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $106,544.
Employees with Chief Estimator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 35.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (32.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (25.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (7.5% less).

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