Estimator, Construction Salary

Pay for Construction Estimators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $57K annually. Cash earnings for Construction Estimators — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $35K to approximately $86K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one-half get dental coverage, too. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Construction Estimators who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Construction Estimators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,085 - $88,322
$40K
$58K
$88K
MEDIAN: $57,694
10%
50%
90%

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$13.60 - $26.51
$14
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.54
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$0$88K
Salary $40,085 - $88,322
Bonus $0.00 - $9,887
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,960
Commission $-0.50 - $39,453
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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$35,992 - $86,458
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 497
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $13.60 - $26.51
Overtime $20.06 - $34.27
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,887
Commission $-0.50 - $39,453
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,960
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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$35,992 - $86,458
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 173

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Job Description for Estimator, Construction

The job of construction estimator is essential to a contractor or any company that performs many building or material improvements or renovations to their facilities. The estimator assesses all costs - material and labor - for potential construction projects. They normally work within a firm to come up with their best estimates for a project so that the company can then implement this work into a budget for a bid; their estimates are often for internal use only, although some contractors have their estimators write actual bids as well.

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Estimator, Construction Tasks

  • Create estimates and cost or expenditure statements for use in future project consideration.
  • Create cost tracking and reporting operational systems.
  • Consult with outsides sources and analyze documents to create time, cost, materials and labor estimates.

Common Career Paths for Estimator, Construction


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Though some Construction Estimators move into positions like Chief Estimator (where the average salary is $94K), this progression is not the norm. Construction Estimators typically move into roles as Senior Estimators or Construction Project Managers, and those positions pay $28K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction


Construction Estimators seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Job Scheduling can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 38 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Blueprints, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction

Pay by Experience for an Estimator, Construction has a positive trend. An entry-level Estimator, Construction with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 302 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Estimator, Construction with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Estimator, Construction which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 179 salaries. An Estimator, Construction with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 104 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,540

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

With a pay rate for Construction Estimators that is 38 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Construction Estimators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+24 percent), Salt Lake City (+20 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Richmond, 10 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Detroit and St. Louis (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Estimator, Construction Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Estimator, Construction?

Estimator, Construction in Watsonville:
"Cat eats dog."
Pros: The cat looks like Garfield.
Cons: Short lunch break.

Estimator, Construction in Portland:
"Fun, challenging,"
Pros: Meeting new people, control of my own projects.
Cons: Some time very long and hard hours, being on call.

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Key Stats for Estimator, Construction

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Estimator, Construction Salaries

▲26%

▲15%

▲6%

National Average
$54,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Estimator, Construction Salaries

Job Scheduling
▲38%

National Average
$54,000

Construction Estimating
▼1%

Project Management
▼1%

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▼1%


▼4%



▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 26%
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