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Working As A Construction 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

  • $86,251

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Estimator 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 A Construction 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.

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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Construction Estimator Career Paths

Construction Estimator
Project Estimator Assistant Project Manager Project Manager/Design Manager
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent Quality Control Supervisor
Assistant Quality Control Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Master Planner Project Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Coordinator Estimator Project Manager
Electrical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Estimator Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Master Planner Senior Planner Production Control Supervisor
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Construction Manager Regional Project Manager
National Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Information Technology Project Manager Estimator Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Estimator General Contractor General Foreman
Piping Superintendent
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Executive
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Owner Field Technician Environmental Scientist
Task Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Estimator Estimator Project Manager Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
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Construction Estimator Demographics

Gender

Male

80.3%

Female

17.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

10.0%

Portuguese

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%

Chinese

3.3%

Hawaiian

3.3%

German

3.3%

Dakota

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Korean

3.3%
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Construction Estimator Education

Schools

Columbia University

11.9%

University of Florida

6.8%

San Jose State University

6.8%

University of Kentucky

5.1%

Texas State University

5.1%

Auburn University

5.1%

Boise State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Lawrence Technological University

5.1%

Florida International University

5.1%

California State University - Sacramento

5.1%

University of Alabama

3.4%

Western Carolina University

3.4%

Central Connecticut State University

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

University of Southern Indiana

3.4%

Utah Valley University

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

16.4%

Construction Management

15.6%

Civil Engineering

13.1%

Architecture

5.7%

Accounting

5.3%

Real Estate

4.5%

Drafting And Design

4.1%

Engineering

3.7%

Project Management

3.3%

Finance

3.3%

Construction Engineering Technologies

3.3%

Computer Science

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Civil Engineering Technologies

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Other

23.1%

Masters

13.8%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.8%
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Real Construction Estimator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Construction Estimator Us Tech Construction Corporation NY Nov 20, 2015 $130,000
Construction Estimator Us Tech Construction Corporation NY Sep 01, 2015 $130,000
SR. Commercial Construction Estimator DPR Construction, A General Partnership Redwood City, CA Nov 23, 2016 $110,000
Construction Estimator HDG Consulting Inc. NY Oct 01, 2011 $109,000
Construction Estimator Rivco Construction LLC New York, NY Oct 18, 2015 $100,000
Solar Construction Estimator Sunpower Corporation Richmond, CA Oct 01, 2015 $96,255
Solar Construction Estimator Sunpower Corporation Richmond, CA Oct 21, 2014 $93,000
Construction Estimator Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 10, 2015 $91,476
Construction Estimator MCSS, Inc. Holmdel, NJ Dec 22, 2014 $89,710
Estimator III, Construction Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 19, 2015 $87,734 -
$104,832
SR. Commercial Construction Estimator DPR Construction, A General Partnership Redwood City, CA Apr 06, 2015 $87,027 -
$110,000
Pre-Construction Estimator Woolems, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL Nov 14, 2012 $85,956
Construction Estimator Americon Construction Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $85,000
Construction Estimator Century 21 Construction Corporation Clifton, NJ Feb 08, 2013 $70,000
Estimator, Construction Dharam Lally and Smith New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $70,000
International Constructor Estimator B.L. Harbert International, LLC Birmingham, AL Sep 23, 2015 $68,141
International Construction Estimator B.L. Harbert International L.L.C. Birmingham, AL Jul 03, 2016 $68,141
Pre-Construction Estimator Woolems, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL May 23, 2012 $67,000
Construction Estimator ABC&Ny Construction, Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $66,784
Senior Construction Estimator King Rose of Ny, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $66,477
Construction Estimator Bauer Foundation Corp Odessa, FL Oct 19, 2015 $59,000
Construction Estimator Ray Weiner LLC Bridgeport, CT Oct 04, 2011 $58,531
Construction Estimator Lease Crutcher Lewis Seattle, WA Sep 13, 2014 $57,980 -
$67,000
Construction Estimator Lease Crutcher Lewis Wa LLC Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2014 $57,980 -
$67,000
Construction Estimator Lease Crutcher Lewis Wa LLC Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2015 $57,980 -
$71,500
Heavy Construction Estimator Zachry Construction Corporation Grand Prairie, TX Mar 08, 2016 $57,783
Heavy Construction Estimator Zachry Construction Corporation Grand Prairie, TX Jun 08, 2016 $57,783
Construction Estimator King Rose of Ny, Inc. New York, NY Oct 28, 2016 $56,500

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Top Skills for A Construction Estimator

  1. Bid Packages
  2. New Construction
  3. Project Management
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  • Prepare and submit bids and bid packages to general contractors by due date.
  • Received architectural commercial drawings of projects at different levels of design, new construction or renovation of existing structures.
  • Performed project management duties including scheduling, hiring, and overseeing sub-contractors.
  • Managed ongoing communication with construction team to review effectiveness of proposals against actual costs and viability of selected subcontractors.
  • Meet with home or business owners and photo document and scope the damages as necessary to compile a detailed estimate.

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  4. Washington
  5. Hawaii
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  7. Florida
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