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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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does An 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 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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Estimator Career Paths

Estimator
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Subcontracts Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Superintendent
District Commercial Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Buyer Senior Buyer
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Principal Superintendent
Project And Field Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Senior Operations Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Buyer Contracts Administrator Project Accountant
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator General Contractor Sales Contractor
Contract Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Construction
Director Construction Services
11 Yearsyrs
Buyer Production Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Assistant Quality Control Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Engineer Quality Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Estimator Senior Estimator
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Owner Construction Superintendent
Land Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Printing Estimator 5.3 years
Senior Estimator 5.0 years
Chief Estimator 5.0 years
Estimating Manager 4.8 years
Job Estimator 4.5 years
Cost Estimator 3.9 years
Designer/Estimator 3.7 years
Project Estimator 3.4 years
Engineer/Estimator 3.4 years
Building Estimator 3.4 years
Millwork Estimator 3.0 years
Estimator 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Estimator
Owner 6.8%
Manager 4.6%
Internship 3.9%
Foreman 3.2%
Cashier 3.0%
Top Careers After Estimator
Owner 6.4%
Manager 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ISEC
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does an Estimator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Estimator in the United States is $75,055 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

Real Estimator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Estimator III HNTB Corporation Newark, NJ May 18, 2015 $110,000
Estimator Integral Contracting Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $110,000
Estimator WHC, LLC Houston, TX Jun 22, 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 Sep 23, 2016 $100,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $100,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $100,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $100,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $100,000
Estimator Crossland Mechanical Inc. New York, NY May 10, 2015 $100,000
BIM Estimator Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC San Diego, CA Feb 09, 2016 $74,200
Estimator Andres Construction Services LLC Dallas, TX Feb 22, 2016 $74,000
VDC Estimator Clayco, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 28, 2016 $73,000
Estimator MPS South Plainfield, LLC New York, NY Jun 12, 2016 $71,457
Estimator ICS Builders, Inc. New York, NY May 11, 2015 $70,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $70,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Feb 06, 2015 $70,000
Estimator J.T. Magen & Company, Inc. New York, NY Jun 05, 2015 $70,000
Concrete Estimator The Lane Construction Company La Plata, MD Oct 18, 2016 $59,738 -
$65,998
Estimator Rogers-O'Brien Construction Company, Ltd. Austin, TX Aug 26, 2016 $58,510 -
$65,000
Estimator Zachry Construction Corporation San Antonio, TX Jun 08, 2016 $58,000
Estimator Zachry Construction Corporation San Antonio, TX Mar 08, 2016 $58,000
Estimator Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC Austin, TX Feb 22, 2015 $57,054 -
$75,000
Estimator Beachside Roofing, LLC Kapolei, HI Jun 19, 2015 $56,000

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Top Skills for An Estimator

  1. General Contractors
  2. Project Management
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed excellent working relationships with General Contractors, collaborating closely throughout the bid process, resulting in long-term business relationships.
  • Direct and prepare specifications and big documents under the general direction of engineering or project management staff.
  • Utilized exceptional product knowledge, customer service and integrity to consistently exceed identified sales goals in the carpet department.
  • Key Responsibilities: -Prepare estimates based on customer specifications received from Sales Department.
  • Created a new upfront billing system to utilize with the insurance companies, with minimal direction from the owner in 2011.

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Top 10 Best States for Estimators

  1. Alaska
  2. Hawaii
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Wyoming
  5. Virginia
  6. Washington
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Texas
  9. North Dakota
  10. Massachusetts
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Estimator Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 20,278 Estimator resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Estimator Demographics

Gender

Male

74.4%

Female

16.7%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.0%

French

5.6%

German

3.2%

Russian

2.7%

Mandarin

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Arabic

1.9%

Japanese

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Korean

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%

Turkish

0.3%

Shona

0.3%

Gujarati

0.3%
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Estimator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.6%

Texas A&M University

7.7%

Purdue University

6.9%

University of Houston

6.6%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Colorado State University

5.4%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

5.2%

University of Florida

4.9%

Auburn University

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Ferris State University

4.3%

Florida International University

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.8%

New York University

3.5%

University of Washington

3.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.2%

Kansas State University

3.1%

Texas State University

3.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

26.0%

Construction Management

14.9%

Civil Engineering

9.5%

Drafting And Design

5.4%

Accounting

4.4%

Management

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Architecture

3.3%

General Studies

3.0%

Project Management

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Marketing

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Finance

2.3%

Engineering

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Communication

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Other

27.7%

Associate

15.0%

Masters

8.3%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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