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Become A Chief Estimator

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Working As A Chief Estimator

  • 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

  • $69,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Estimator Do

A Chief Estimator is responsible for managing and directing the organization's estimating functions. They also develop and implement the standards and procedures of a department.

How To Become A Chief Estimator

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.


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.


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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Chief Estimator Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • French

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Real Chief Estimator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Estimator Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. Woodbridge, VA Nov 14, 2014 $166,254
Chief Estimator Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. Woodbridge, VA Apr 14, 2016 $166,254
Chief Estimator Eastern Millwork, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Dec 10, 2014 $125,000
Chief Estimator Duce Construction Corporation New York, NY Mar 31, 2011 $99,840
Chief Estimator FRU-Con Construction, LLC Woodbridge, VA Nov 14, 2011 $95,000 -
Chief Estimator Valleycrest Companies Orlando, FL Jul 06, 2010 $94,605
Chief Estimator Valleycrest Companies Orlando, FL Jul 06, 2009 $90,000
Chief Estimator Eastern Millwork, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 07, 2011 $85,000
Chief Estimator JJO Construction, Inc. Mentor, OH Apr 03, 2009 $74,000
Chief Estimator Express Stucco/Wall Services, Inc. Kissimmee, FL Sep 28, 2016 $61,000
Chief Estimator Duce Construction Corporation New York, NY Mar 31, 2011 $60,000
Chief Estimator Duce Construction Corporation New York, NY Apr 01, 2010 $60,000
Chief Estimator Dura-Stress, Inc. Leesburg, FL Apr 20, 2011 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Estimator


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Top Chief Estimator Skills

  1. General Contractors
  2. Project Management
  3. Design/Build
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Liaised between general contractors, customers, and clients relative to project pricing.
  • Catalyzed project management improvements through examining completed projects and delivering Lessons Learned conclusions.
  • Perform estimates on engineering designs for fixed price and negotiated design/build, or bid/build projects.
  • Conferred with architects and engineers for clarifications and requests for information.
  • Review and evaluate competitive bid proposals.

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