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Working As An Estimator/Project Coordinator

  • 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

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Estimator/Project Coordinator 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/Project Coordinator

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/Project Coordinator Career Paths

Estimator/Project Coordinator
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager Owner/Operator
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Engineer Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Estimator Owner Project Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Owner/Operator Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Production Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Manager Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Manager Department Manager
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Operations Manager Business Development Manager
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Senior Project Manager Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Quality Assurance Manager Call Center Manager
Inside Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Operations Manager Operations Project Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Finance Manager Division Controller
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Design Manager Technical Support Manager
Technical Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Estimator Senior Estimator
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Project Administrator Senior Project Coordinator
Lead Project Coordinator
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Estimator 5.0 years
Cost Estimator 3.9 years
Designer/Estimator 3.7 years
Project Estimator 3.4 years
Engineer/Estimator 3.4 years
Estimator 3.3 years
Project Secretary 2.7 years
Coordinator 2.7 years
Project Assistant 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Estimator/Project Coordinator
Estimator 10.6%
Owner 5.5%
Internship 3.9%
Manager 2.4%
Top Careers After Estimator/Project Coordinator
Estimator 11.4%
Owner 4.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$58,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walbridge
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does an Estimator/Project Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Estimator/Project Coordinator in the United States is $58,545 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $94,000.

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Top Skills for An Estimator/Project Coordinator

  1. General Contractors
  2. Bid Proposals
  3. Cost Estimates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Corresponded with general contractors and architects to devise division 10 plans and specifications and project cost analysis.
  • Create bid proposals from consultant plans and specifications for distributor of school specialty products and furnishings.
  • Followed up with Engineering, Purchasing, Cost Estimating and Service to obtain cost estimates, and verified NAFTA certificates/correspondence.
  • Created and submitted shop drawings for review and approval and ensured designs met local building requirements.
  • Project management of offshore injection molded parts, communicating between customers and Korean operations.

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Top 10 Best States for Estimator/Project Coordinators

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Wyoming
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Alaska
  5. Hawaii
  6. Washington
  7. Texas
  8. Connecticut
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Estimator/Project Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

54.4%

Female

35.9%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Chinese

3.6%

Ukrainian

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Occidental

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Korean

3.6%
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Estimator/Project Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

Montgomery College

6.3%

Florida International University

6.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.3%

North Carolina State University

5.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

Everglades University

5.2%

New York University

4.2%

University of Toledo

4.2%

University of North Texas

4.2%

Texas State University

4.2%

Delgado Community College

4.2%

Kent State University

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.1%

University of New Hampshire

3.1%

Trident Technical College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Construction Management

15.2%

Drafting And Design

6.7%

Civil Engineering

6.7%

Accounting

4.9%

Project Management

4.7%

General Studies

4.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Education

3.0%

Management

3.0%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Science

2.4%

Interior Design

2.4%

Architecture

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Legal Support Services

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

28.4%

Associate

16.4%

Masters

7.7%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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