Entry-Level Construction Estimator Salary

The average Entry-Level Construction Estimator can expect to rake in roughly $50K annually. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Construction Estimators runs from $32K to $71K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. The vast majority of Entry-Level Construction Estimators (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Entry-Level Construction Estimators like their work and job satisfaction is high. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and close to one-half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,985 - $71,374
$36K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,342
10%
50%
90%

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$12.84 - $25.30
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $18.16
10%
50%
90%

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$0$71K
Salary $35,985 - $71,374
Bonus $0.00 - $7,946
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,119
Commission $0.00 - $24,832
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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$32,487 - $71,856
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,249
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.84 - $25.30
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $18.93 - $36.57
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $0.00 - $7,946
Commission $0.00 - $24,832
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,119
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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$32,487 - $71,856
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 480

Construction Estimator Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,657

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Construction Estimators, 27 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Construction Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+24 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Pittsburgh (+19 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers in Raleigh and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Construction Estimator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Construction Estimator in Sacramento:
"How to understand the General Contractors thought proccess."
Make sure you understand what the General Contractors needs are as it pertains to the trade you are performing. Adapt to their bid requirements and make it easier for them to award you the project. Be proactive in keeping track of all bid results so you can adapt to current market conditions. Above all be professionally persistent. Follow up until you are told "no".

Construction Estimator in Frederick:
"Running down a dead end road."
Learn everything you can, about every facet of your job. When you run out of things to learn, learn about how your Product affects the down-stream processes in your organization. Dont be afraid of asking what you think might be an "obvious" question. Critical details get missed when you assume everyone is as smart as you. Dont be afraid of asking for or demanding the credit you deserve. I was raised 'old school' and thought a job well done was its own reward. It was a wake-up call to realize that others were taking advantage of my hard work leaving me behind to do more work.

Construction Estimator in Rogers:
"Sales."
Always follow up with your clients.

Construction Estimator in Binghamton:
"Hard work and dedication."
Hard work and dedication.

Construction Estimator in Saginaw:
"Trust your estimates."
Know the specifications as well as the plans.

Construction Estimator in Anaheim:
"Phone, computer, estimates, More estimates oh your busy here."
Kiss your weekends good bye, working here is a endless supply of work never ending.

Construction Estimator in Tampa:
"Accounting And Finance Is A Very Good/Useful Degree."
Work for a large company and request varying positions in the office and field.

Key Stats for Construction Estimator

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 352 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
0%

Skills That Affect Construction Estimator Salaries

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▲9%




Project
▲1%


National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%



▼3%


▼5%


PlanSwift
▼7%

xactimate
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 352 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 30%