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Working As An Estimator Project Manager

  • 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Estimator Project Manager 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 Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Senior Estimator 5.0 years
Chief Estimator 5.0 years
Estimating Manager 4.8 years
Designer/Estimator 3.7 years
Project Estimator 3.4 years
Engineer/Estimator 3.4 years
Estimator 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Estimator Project Manager
Estimator 13.7%
Owner 6.9%
Foreman 4.3%
Carpenter 2.4%
Top Careers After Estimator Project Manager
Estimator 13.8%
Owner 6.1%
President 2.3%
Consultant 1.7%
Manager 1.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
IAP Worldwide Services
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.3 years
How much does an Estimator Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Estimator Project Manager in the United States is $77,265 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

Real Estimator Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Manager/Cost Estimator Gardiner & Theobald, Inc. New York, NY Jan 18, 2013 $130,000 -
$150,000
Manager, Alliance Sales Projects Oneworld Management Company, Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2014 $125,000
Estimator/Project Manager Red Hook Construction Group 1, LLC Bay Shore, NY Apr 15, 2016 $124,800
Estimator/Project Manager Red Hook Construction Group 1, LLC Bay Shore, NY Jan 15, 2016 $124,800
Estimator/Project Manager Red Hook Construction Group-II, LLC. Bay Shore, NY Jan 15, 2016 $124,800
Project Manager and Estimator Kenry Contracting Inc. Yonkers, NY Aug 14, 2011 $115,000
Project Manager and Estimator Kenry Contracting Inc. Yonkers, NY Dec 12, 2012 $115,000
Project Manager/Estimator Brenco Construction Company Inc. MA Mar 10, 2010 $113,422
Estimator Project Manager Obrist-Interior (North America), Inc. Miami, FL Nov 15, 2010 $112,000
Estimator Project Manager KEL-Mar Designs Inc. New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $100,714
Estimator Project Manager Tribeach Holdings LLC New York, NY Aug 31, 2012 $100,000
Cost Estimator/Project Manager Patner Construction, Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 06, 2015 $100,000
Estimator Project Manager Command HVAC II LLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $100,000
Cost Estimator/Project Manager Patner Construction, Inc. Fairfax, VA Sep 20, 2011 $72,000
Electrical Estimator/Project Manager Cannon Electric Co. Macomb, MI Feb 08, 2010 $70,000
Project Manager/Estimator Alpha Building Corporation Dallas, TX Jun 25, 2015 $70,000
Project Manager-Cost Estimating Valcourt Exterior Building Services of Florida L.C. Bradenton, FL Sep 24, 2016 $70,000
Project Manager/Estimator Kovach, Inc. Chandler, AZ May 01, 2010 $70,000
Project Manager/Estimator Alpha Building Corporation Dallas, TX Jun 17, 2015 $70,000
Estimator/Project Manager S. Albert Glass Company, Inc. Beltsville, MD Sep 23, 2010 $70,000 -
$75,000
Project Manager Estimator Squeaky Reel Productions, LLC Los Alamitos, CA Dec 01, 2011 $55,994
Estimator Project Manager Stern Projects, LLC New York, NY Aug 19, 2014 $55,000
Project Manager/Estimator M.J. Scully & Co., Inc. Wilmington, MA Feb 16, 2010 $55,000
Plumbing Estimator-Project Manager Metrotech Mechanical Corp New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $55,000
Project Manager/Cost Estimator Despirt Mosaic & Marble Co., Inc. Buffalo, NY Oct 01, 2009 $54,600
Project Manager/Estimator Garcete Construction Company, Inc. Bladensburg, MD Sep 29, 2010 $52,196

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Top Skills for An Estimator Project Manager

  1. General Contractors
  2. Project Management
  3. New Construction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Point person for all communication with General Contractors and subcontractors for both construction and materials delivery projects.
  • Project management, planning, feasibility analysis, estimating, selection and administration of subcontractors, and the acquisition of materials.
  • Managed multiple commercial projects which included new construction and underground electrical wiring as well as renovation within existing buildings.
  • Shop drawings, fabrication/shop tickets drawings and installation engineering details.
  • Project Coordinator - City & County Infrastructure Improvements to include Engineering Design, permitting, Site Management & RFI's.

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Estimator Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

84.7%

Unknown

8.0%

Female

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.2%

French

4.9%

Carrier

3.9%

German

3.9%

Dakota

3.4%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Korean

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Mandarin

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Hawaiian

1.0%

Armenian

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Romanian

0.5%

Hopi

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Malay

0.5%
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Estimator Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Purdue University

9.7%

Auburn University

7.9%

Texas A&M University

7.4%

University of Florida

5.9%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Colorado State University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.4%

Kansas State University

4.1%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.8%

Clemson University

3.8%

Eastern Michigan University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.4%

New York University

3.4%

Ferris State University

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.3%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

23.8%

Construction Management

18.7%

Civil Engineering

9.6%

Project Management

5.2%

Drafting And Design

4.5%

Architecture

3.6%

Management

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Engineering

2.8%

Property Management

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Education

2.2%

General Studies

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Construction Engineering Technologies

1.9%

Marketing

1.7%

Computer Science

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Other

29.6%

Associate

12.6%

Masters

8.2%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.5%
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