Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Chief Estimator is $81,587
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 $74,475 based on 656 salaries. An experienced Chief Estimator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,555 based on 2,976 salaries. In their late career …Read more
What Do Chief Estimators Do?
Chief estimator positions are classified as construction management jobs. Individuals in this position are responsible for managing and directing the organization's estimating functions. The chief estimator also directs all activities within the estimating department, including budgeting, staff scheduling and development, training, performance evaluations, and departmental goals. Additionally, they are responsible for the creation and implementation of department standard operating procedures …Read more
- 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.