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 applicant 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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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing an Estimator Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with General Contractors, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write an Estimator Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Estimator CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand estimator skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an estimator : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for an Estimator
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 20,278 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for an estimator job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average estimator job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average estimator candidate have?
The average estimator resume contains 7.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your estimator skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from estimator resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Electrical Foreman (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Estimator
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Civil Engineering
  • Job Description: Commercial, Industrial, service work, main switchgear/generators/xfmrs/motors/branch circs.
  • Wired the electrical lines from the main panels with 120v-240v, 277v-480v to service transformers, disconnect and motors.
  • Pull wire, run EMT, and motor controls.
  • Connected wires to circuit breakers, transformers and other components.
  • Followed schematic diagrams, blueprints and other specifications to meet NEC code regulation.
Project Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Estimator
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Civil Engineering
  • Created reporting and status updates using Excel pivot charts and PowerPoint for internal meetings.
  • Created PowerPoint presentations used for business development.
  • Coordinated with BA/Onsite team to get these requirement gaps clarified.
  • Prepared briefing slides for all project and organizational briefings and for Quarterly Program Reviews for the PEO, Enterprise Information Systems.
  • Supported TD Bank PMO Team to locate and to either upgrade, migrate or decommission servers for the Currency Portfolio Project.
Project Estimator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Estimator
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Mechanical Engineering
  • Field Safety Coordinator Organized HAZCOM program, MSDS library and performed job site inspections to comply with OSHA standards.
  • Estimate Ac request for builder market using digital plans converting to "Tiff" imagery for CAD drawing.
  • Write subcontracts, RFI's, and price change orders.
  • Project Estimating (HCSS), ISQFT; Timberline; Project Management, supervising and review on all bids.
  • Provide technical assistance on products we quote to customers, contractors and architects.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Estimator
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Environmental Design
  • Account management for State Farm, Allstate and independents.
  • Write subcontracts, RFI's, and price change orders.
  • Train designers to use AutoCad.
  • Maintain submittal, RFI, and change order logs.
  • Initiated & Coordinated Issue Resolution (Interfaced)with Section Supervisors and Department Managers.
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As an estimator, you may be curious how your education stacks up against other applicants. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, you're in the majority. Our research showed that most Estimators have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Based on our analysis of estimator resumes, the most common major for estimator candidates is Business, but other majors made their way in as well. Construction Management, Civil Engineering and Drafting And Design were relatively common.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Estimator Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Estimators. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Estimators to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%