Average Chief Estimator Salary

$96,199
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$7,271
Bonus
$10,000
Commission
$5,600
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Chief Estimator is $96,199.
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$60k
MEDIAN
$96k
90%
$145k
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$60k - $145k
Bonus
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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.

Job Satisfaction for Chief Estimator

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What Are Popular Skills for Chief Estimators?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chief Estimators?

An early career Chief Estimator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $67,112 based on 1,056 salaries. A mid-career Chief Estimator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,527 based on 1,552 salaries. An experienced Chief Estimator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $95,039 based on 4,656 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $106,942.
Employees with Chief Estimator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 34.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (14.3% more) and Albany, New York (12.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Miami, Florida (11.6% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (2.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 13,552 survey responses.
Early Career
7.8%
Mid Career
11.5%
Experienced
34.4%
Late Career
46.4%