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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

  • $52,305

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Estimator Do At Cybercoders

* Perform comprehensive bid day analysis and scoping of specific assigned trades.
* Understand how to fit subs to the size/scope of the project.
* Creates bid lists that fit scope of job, ensuring that we have the right subs for the project.
* Minimize exclusions by doing research.
* Include value-engineering ideas on every bid.
* Property turns over bid documents and sub buyout information to Project Management in a timely manner.
* Reviews drawings with Project Management team and highlight areas of concern.
* Handles all subcontractor interactions in a manner designed to build a long term relationship.
* Builds strong team relationships with other departments within our company, including but not limited to project management, marketing, business development, accounting and superintendents.
* Seek and qualifies new subcontractors.
* Provides subs with as much information as possible (PM, Super, permit status, etc.).
* Ensures that Subs are aware of (and commit to) the project schedule.
* Awards subs in a timely manner to ensure release of materials and thoroughly checks requirements to buy the proper scope.
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What Does A Construction Estimator Do At Manpower Group

* Attends proposed project pre-walks for scope assessment and performs bid preparations and material quantity take-offs
* Prepares accurate and competitive control estimates for projects
* Prepares cost estimates and proposal documents for construction projects or services
* Obtains comparative quotations for materials and subcontractor services
* Presents status reports of current proposal, bidding and buyout phases of ongoing work
* Compares subcontractor proposals with required project scope, determine proposal completeness, and assembles all proposal files in preparation of the estimates
* Develops risk assessment for constructability issues for scopes of work required and requested
* Maintains database of cost reference data, and updates as cost information changes
* Coordinates all subcontractor costs, management fees, and general conditions to ensure complete project estimate
* Approve and track project change orders, relative to available project budget
* Manage and control purchase order creation requests and actual spending compared to remaining available budget
* Develops RFIs and bid clarifications to ensure adequate scope and subcontractor coverage
* Read & understands scope solutions to ensure all costs are calculated correctly
* Understand and interpret construction plans & specifications
* Manages stakeholders in a customer-service oriented team

What Does A Construction Estimator Do At Kelly Services

* Track potential and active jobs from inception to completion
* Prepare pricing estimates
* Update and keep master price book current
* Provide backup support for entering job costs and preparing purchase orders
* Read and understand job bid instructions
* Check estimates and bids against budgets
* Track, record and communicate to team budget variances
* Prepare, receive and review submittal packages
* Issue thorough, accurate purchase orders within allotted time frames
* Research and eliminate all material, trade contractor, and back office-related variances.
* Monitor and communicate any hard-cost changes due to cost increases and quantity changes
* Perform cost comparison and analysis as requested.
* Update cost information in price file
* Monitor plan changes.
* Estimate prices of all change orders and provide written descriptions
* Provide high quality work in the Estimating/Purchasing Department assuring efficiency and an accurate hand-off to the next department, vendor/subcontractor and/or customer
* Generate and circulate reports as needed

What Does A Construction Estimator Do At Hill International, Inc.

* The estimator shall review construction estimates with supporting documentation including; Contractor price proposals and supporting documentation of drawings, technical specifications, cost estimates, vendor/subcontractor quotes, market analysis, and other related documents to determine if the proposed construction cost has been developed in regard to supporting documentation, project location, schedule and local labor conditions.
* The cost estimator shall assist the project team in contract negotiations
* The cost estimator shall respond to requests for explanations of their cost estimates
* The cost estimator shall review contractor request for equitable adjustment (REA’s) for validity and assist in claims support
* The cost estimator shall act as a resource for the project team in need of quick unit costs for reference
* Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
* Prepare estimates of all major and minor construction aspects including overall scope of work, time, and materials for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors.
* Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
* Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as cost estimating and budget planning, scheduling work, and organizing.
* Prepare cost and expenditure statements and other necessary documentation at regular intervals for the duration of the project.
* Assess cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops.
* Set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures.
* Schedule construction projects in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines.
* Take actions to deal with the results of delays, bad weather, or emergencies at construction site.
* Inspect and review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations.
* Hill International is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/W/D/V

What Does A Construction Estimator Do At Belcan

* Lead and continually improve the Company’s internal processes for the issuance of quotations, including time-to-quote performance.
* Demonstrate expert knowledge products, installation methods and planning, and internal business processes.
* Evaluate Construction Documents including drawings and specifications.
* Apply appropriate pricing and create quotes.
* Communicate project details to Operations Coordinator for scheduling jobs.
* You will use CAD Office Viewer to look at drawings and print them for calculation purposes.
* You will not be producing drawings.
* You will us use CAD to prepare quotes.
* You will also determine pricing, put together quotes and develop communications with customers

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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.


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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Construction 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

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Hawaiian

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • Dakota

  • Russian

  • Korean

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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 -
SR. Commercial Construction Estimator DPR Construction, A General Partnership Redwood City, CA Apr 06, 2015 $87,027 -
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 Lease Crutcher Lewis Wa LLC Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2015 $57,980 -
Construction Estimator Lease Crutcher Lewis Seattle, WA Sep 13, 2014 $57,980 -
Construction Estimator Lease Crutcher Lewis Wa LLC Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2014 $57,980 -
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
Construction Estimator ABC&Ny Construction, Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2016 $56,349
Construction Estimator ABC&Ny Construction, Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2014 $56,349

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Top Skills for A Construction Estimator


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Top Construction Estimator Skills

  1. Subcontractor Bids
  2. Construction Projects
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain subcontractor contacts and solicit subcontractor bids.
  • Managed general construction projects and remodeling projects.
  • Field crew and project management Construction estimating Transportation
  • Meet with home or business owners and photo document and scope the damages as necessary to compile a detailed estimate.
  • Received architectural commercial drawings of projects at different levels of design, new construction or renovation of existing structures.

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