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Working As An Assistant Estimator/Project Manager

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Estimator/Project Manager Do

Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular product or industry.

Duties

Cost estimators typically do the following:

  • Identify factors affecting costs, such as production time, materials, and labor
  • Read blueprints and technical documents in order to prepare estimates
  • Collaborate with engineers, architects, clients, and contractors
  • Calculate, analyze, and adjust estimates 
  • Recommend ways to reduce costs
  • Work with sales teams to prepare estimates and bids for clients
  • Maintain records of estimated and actual costs

Accurately estimating the costs of construction and manufacturing projects is vital to the survival of businesses. Cost estimators provide managers with the information they need in order to submit competitive contract bids or price products appropriately.

Estimators analyze production processes to determine how much time, money, and labor a project needs. Their estimates account for many factors, including allowances for wasted material, bad weather, shipping delays, and other variables that can increase costs and lower profitability.

In building construction, cost estimators use software to simulate the construction process and evaluate the effects of design choices. They often consult databases to compare the costs of similar projects.

The following are examples of types of cost estimators:

Construction cost estimators prepare estimates for a building project. They may calculate the total cost of building a bridge or commercial shopping center, or they may calculate the cost of just one component, such as the foundation. They identify costs of elements such as raw materials and labor, and they may set a timeline for how long they expect the project to take. Although many work directly for construction firms, some work for contractors and engineering firms.

Manufacturing cost estimators calculate the costs of developing, producing, or redesigning a company’s goods or services. For example, a cost estimator working for a home appliance manufacturer may determine a new dishwasher’s production costs, allowing managers to make production decisions.

Some manufacturing cost estimators work in software development. Many high-technology products require a considerable amount of computer programming, and calculating the costs of software development requires great expertise.

Other workers, such as operations research analysts and construction managers, may also estimate costs in the course of their usual duties.

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How To Become An Assistant Estimator/Project Manager

A bachelor’s degree is generally required to become a cost estimator, although some highly experienced construction workers may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Employers generally prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree. A strong background in mathematics is essential.

Construction cost estimators typically need a bachelor’s degree in an industry-related field, such as construction management, building science, or engineering.

Those interested in estimating manufacturing costs typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, or finance.

Training

Some newly hired cost estimators may receive on-the-job training, depending on their experience. Training may include learning a company’s cost-estimating software and techniques.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some employers prefer that construction cost estimators, particularly those without a bachelor’s degree, have previous work experience in the construction industry. For example, experienced electricians and plumbers can become construction cost estimators if they have the necessary construction knowledge and math skills.

Candidates interested in becoming cost estimators can also gain experience through internships and cooperative education programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Voluntary certification can show competence and experience in the field. In some instances, employers may require professional certification before hiring.

The following organizations offer a variety of certifications:

  • American Society of Professional Estimators
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Estimating International
  • International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association

Estimators must generally have at least 2 years of estimating experience and must pass a written exam to become certified.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Cost estimators consider and evaluate different construction and manufacturing methods and options to determine the most cost-effective solution that meets the required specifications.

Detail oriented. Cost estimators must pay attention to details, as minor changes can significantly affect the overall cost of a project or product.

Math skills. Cost estimators calculate labor, material, and equipment cost estimates for construction projects. They use software, such as spreadsheets and databases, and they need excellent math skills to accurately calculate these estimates.

Time-management skills. Cost estimators often work on fixed deadlines, so they must plan their work in advance and work efficiently and accurately.

Writing skills. Cost estimators write comprehensive reports, which often help managers make production decisions.

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Assistant Estimator/Project Manager Career Paths

Assistant Estimator/Project Manager
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Project Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Construction Manager Senior Project Manager
Contractor-Senior Project Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Operations Manager Senior Project Manager
Vice President-Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Senior Operations Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent General Contractor Field Supervisor
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent Project Superintendent
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Superintendent General Contractor Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Owner Facilities Manager Operations Project Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent
District Commercial Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Office Manager Assistant Controller
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Site Manager Site/Project Manager
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Owner/Project Manager Contract Project Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Estimator 5.0 years
Chief Estimator 5.0 years
Designer/Estimator 3.7 years
Project Manager 3.5 years
Engineer/Estimator 3.4 years
Project Estimator 3.4 years
Estimator 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Estimator/Project Manager
Estimator 11.0%
Internship 7.2%
Carpenter 3.4%
Draftsman 2.9%
Owner 2.5%
Foreman 2.5%
Top Careers After Assistant Estimator/Project Manager
Estimator 14.1%
Owner 2.7%
Consultant 1.3%
Manager 1.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$133,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CyberCoders
Highest Paying City
Fort Worth, TX
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Assistant Estimator/Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Estimator/Project Manager in the United States is $81,133 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $133,000.

Real Assistant Estimator/Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cost Estimator/Asst. Project Manager Patner Construction, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jan 04, 2010 $72,000
Cost Estimator/Asst. Project Manager Patner Construction, Inc. Fairfax, VA Jan 07, 2010 $72,000
Estimator/Assistant Project Manager Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies, Inc. Boston, MA Aug 25, 2009 $65,407
Estimator/Assistant Project Manager Sullivan & McLaughlin Companies Boston, MA May 20, 2009 $63,946
Project Manager/Assistant Estimator Drake Incorporated Washington, DC Oct 01, 2014 $60,133
Estimator/Assistant Project Manager Tito Contractors, Inc. Washington, DC Aug 25, 2013 $60,000
Cost Estimator/Assistant Project Manager Dobco, Inc. Wayne, NJ May 18, 2011 $60,000
Cost Estimator/Assistant Project Manager Dobco, Inc. Wayne, NJ Apr 26, 2011 $60,000
Project Manager/Assistant Estimator Drake Incorporated Washington, DC Nov 01, 2012 $57,117
Construction Cost Estimator/Asst. Project MGR. Bognet Construction Associates Inc. Arlington, VA Aug 30, 2012 $54,246 -
$55,000
Assistant Project Manager/Estimator Drake Incorporated Capitol Heights, MD Jul 15, 2010 $54,000
Assistant Project Manager/Estimator Drake Incorporated Capitol Heights, MD Jul 20, 2010 $54,000

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Top Skills for An Assistant Estimator/Project Manager

  1. Subcontractor Bids
  2. Project Management
  3. Shop Drawings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project Management including cost & job estimation, material coordination and take-offs.
  • Manage requisitions and payments, purchase materials, schedule deliveries, review shop drawings and process change orders.
  • Perform numerous bid preparations involving take off, obtain materials/sub-contractors prices, and carefully review plans and specifications prior to submissions.
  • Prepared competitively-bid proposals for commercial and government projects.
  • Issue RFI's for any inquires that cannot be solved/answered in the field that requires the Engineer/Architects approval and/or opinion.

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Top 10 Best States for Assistant Estimator/Project Managers

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Alaska
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Hawaii
  5. Texas
  6. Washington
  7. Oregon
  8. Connecticut
  9. Wyoming
  10. Rhode Island
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Assistant Estimator/Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

76.9%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.9%

Portuguese

7.1%

Italian

7.1%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

French

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Assistant Estimator/Project Manager Education

Schools

Wentworth Institute of Technology

13.4%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.4%

Florida International University

5.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.4%

Drexel University

5.4%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

Manhattan College

4.5%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.5%

University of Florida

4.5%

State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.5%

Kansas State University

3.6%

Bowling Green State University

3.6%

Auburn University

3.6%

Texas Tech University

3.6%
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Majors

Construction Management

29.2%

Business

13.8%

Civil Engineering

13.2%

Architecture

4.8%

Project Management

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.5%

Drafting And Design

3.5%

Construction Engineering

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Computer Science

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.2%

Property Management

2.2%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Architectural Technology

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Economics

1.5%

Architectural Engineering

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.3%

Other

16.8%

Associate

11.9%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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