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Become A Senior Estimator

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Working As A Senior 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

  • $69,950

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Estimator Do

A Senior Estimator is focused on predicting the cost of a construction project. They prepare cost analysis on a computer through recapitulating material, labor, and equipment.

How To Become A Senior 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.


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.


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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Senior Estimator Career Paths

Senior Estimator
Project Controls Specialist Assistant Project Manager Estimator Project Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager General Manager Senior Project Manager
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Contracts Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Technical Director Carpenter
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Estimator Estimating Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Coordinator Construction Manager
Estimating Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Manager Division Manager
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Manager Construction Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Manager Operations Manager Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Specialist
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Controls Engineer Assistant Project Manager Project Engineering Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Estimator Senior Project Manager Program Management Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Owner Heavy Equipment Operator
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager President Of Operations Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
10 Yearsyrs
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Senior Estimator Demographics


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Languages Spoken

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  • Portuguese

  • Hawaiian

  • French

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

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Real Senior Estimator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Estimation Engineer Swift Navigation Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $185,000
Senior Estimator-Engineering, Construction & Operations Recurrent Energy, LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 12, 2014 $145,000
Senior Estimator III Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2013 $142,070 -
Senior Estimator--Engineering, Construction & Oper Recurrent Energy, LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 12, 2011 $130,000
Senior Estimator Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX May 02, 2012 $130,000
Senior Estimator Technip USA, Inc. Claremont, CA Jun 30, 2015 $129,629
Senior Estimator HIIT Contracting Inc. Falls Church, VA Aug 12, 2013 $129,000
Sr.Estimating Engineer Permasteelisa North America Corp. New York, NY Apr 10, 2014 $127,313
Senior Estimator Bilfinger Tepsco Inc. Deer Park, TX Sep 10, 2014 $125,000
Senior Estimator, Industrial Construction Bilfinger Tepsco Inc. Deer Park, TX Jun 11, 2015 $125,000
Senior Estimator Empire Control Abatement Inc. NY Feb 23, 2015 $110,000
Senior Estimator Lafarge North America Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 20, 2013 $92,165 -
Senior Estimator EMAS-AMC, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 15, 2015 $92,000
Senior Estimator EMAS-AMC Inc. Houston, TX Mar 15, 2012 $92,000
Senior Estimator KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 22, 2016 $90,689
Senior Estimator Raad Construction Group, LLC Perth Amboy, NJ Feb 27, 2012 $90,000
Senior Estimator Benjamin R Harvey Co Inc. Ocean, NJ Jan 15, 2015 $89,710
SR. Estimator KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $89,559
SR. Architectural Estimator Skanska USA Building Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Dec 15, 2011 $74,402
Estimating Engineer (Senior Engineer) PMA Consultants, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $74,360
Senior Estimator San Juan Construction, Inc. Montrose, CO Sep 30, 2012 $73,486
Senior Estimator San Juan Construction, Inc. Montrose, CO Oct 01, 2013 $73,486
Senior Estimator, Mechanical San Juan Construction, Inc. Montrose, CO Jul 07, 2016 $72,966
Senior Estimator San Juan Construction, Inc. Montrose, CO Sep 30, 2012 $72,093
Senior Estimator/Scheduler I Atkins North America, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 07, 2011 $69,500 -

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Top Skills for A Senior Estimator


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Top Senior Estimator Skills

  1. Bid Proposals
  2. General Contractors
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared bid proposals including materials, subcontracted work, construction activities and requirements, and labor.
  • Maintained good working relations with general contractors throughout the southeast United States.
  • Prepare full estimates for management review as well as turnover books for project management and the field for awarded projects.
  • Develop value engineering ideas and foreign procurement schedules.
  • Developed procedures for estimating Spool Base Pipeline work at new facility.

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