Average Senior Estimator Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Estimator is $83,990.
MEDIAN $83,990
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$56k - $124k
$976 - $15k
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$10 - $15k
$2k - $50k
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$54k - $131k

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Job Description for Senior Estimator

Senior Estimator Tasks
  • Evaluate risk and budgets for projects by considering RFP, blueprints, specs, or other documents.
  • Manage subcontractor bids and process.
  • Develop strategies to meet project goals, like setting work hours, sequencing tasks, obtaining materials, etc.
  • Develop and present cost estimates for internal and external audiences.
The top respondents for the job title Senior Estimator are from the companies Turner Construction Company, Black and Veatch and Big-D Construction. Reported salaries are highest at CH2M Hill where the average pay is $132,500. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Turner Construction Company and Black and Veatch, earning around $120,079 and $104,043, respectively. Rotolo Consultants Inc. pays the lowest at around $62,111. Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. and Okland Construction Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $84,000 and $90,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Estimator

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

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Estimator

An early career Senior Estimator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $66,939 based on 231 salaries. A mid-career Senior Estimator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,875 based on 507 salaries. An experienced Senior Estimator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,297 based on 980 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,893.
Employees with Senior Estimator in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 45.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (21.2% more) and Denver, Colorado (6.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (7.7% less) and Orlando, Florida (1.1% less).

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