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Become An Estimator

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Working As An 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

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Estimator Do

An Estimator manages project costs through collecting and studying information. They mainly work in the private sector on maintenance or construction tenders.

How To Become An 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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2,965 Estimator jobs

Randstad
Scottdale, GA
Estimator

$50,628 Estimated

Randstad
Atlanta, GA
Estimator

$50,628 Estimated

Randstad
Atlanta, GA
Estimator

$50,628 Estimated

Randstad
Newnan, GA
Estimator

$50,628 Estimated

Oceaneering
Orlando, FL
Estimator

$48,710 Estimated

Confidential
Thorndale, PA
Estimator

$60,000 Estimated

Balfour Beatty
Fort Worth, TX
Estimator I

$64,438 Estimated

Balfour Beatty
Dallas, TX
Estimator I

$58,500 Estimated

S.R. Freeman, Inc.
Campbell, CA
Estimator

$60,202 Estimated

Selectek
Woodstock, GA
Estimator / Quoting Technician

$50,628 Estimated

Johnson Controls
Totowa, NJ
Estimator

$65,150 Estimated

Trillium
Oklahoma City, OK
Estimator

$60,000 Estimated

Premier Steel Structures, Inc.
Corona, CA
Estimator

$51,646 Estimated

Hill International
New York, NY
Estimator

$65,873 Estimated

Gasaway Distributors
Romeoville, IL
Estimator

$52,686 Estimated

Cutting Edge Steel, Inc.
Dacono, CO
Estimator

$57,663 Estimated

Marble Works
South Elgin, IL
Estimator

$52,686 Estimated

Robert Half
Bettendorf, IA
Estimator

$55,828 Estimated

Webcor Builders
San Francisco, CA
Estimator

$60,202 Estimated

Schuff International
San Diego, CA
Estimator

$67,472 Estimated

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Real Estimator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Estimator WHC, LLC Houston, TX Jun 22, 2015 $110,000
Estimator Integral Contracting Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $110,000
Estimator III HNTB Corporation Newark, NJ May 18, 2015 $110,000
Estimator III Weston Solutions, Inc. Columbia, MO Sep 27, 2016 $108,003
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 27, 2016 $105,000
Estimator Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $105,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $105,000
Estimator Crossland Mechanical Inc. New York, NY May 10, 2015 $100,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $100,000
Estimator Crossland Mechanical Inc. New York, NY Sep 23, 2016 $100,000
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Top Skills for An Estimator

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Top Estimator Skills

  1. General Contractors
  2. Bid Proposals
  3. Scope
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Project Coordination of contracts with General Contractors until completion.
  • Prepared tile & granite estimates and bid proposals for commercial construction
  • Develop scope-of-work and assist in creation of construction proposal.
  • Reviewed all the estimates for new clients from the sales department.
  • Created a new upfront billing system to utilize with the insurance companies, with minimal direction from the owner in 2011.

Top Estimator Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Estimator

  1. Kiewit Corporation
  2. Fluor Corporation
  3. KBR
  4. Linde Process Plants
  5. Tom Barrow Company
  6. Skanska USA Building
  7. Legacy Flooring
  8. Gerber Collision & Glass
  9. HRI Properties
  10. Flooring Solution
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