What does a Construction Estimator do?

Construction estimators examine and estimate the work of particular construction projects. They conduct this estimation by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and other related key documents and explore them to gain a deeper understanding of a project and its requirements. To compute the cost of a project, they estimate labor, material, and time requirements. They select, measure, and track important metrics for the project and visit sites, warehouses, and other venues they need to make the estimate.

Construction estimators perform complex analysis of the data and metrics they have collected and use this information to prepare relevant and reliable forecasts for their clients. They create reports for upper management and analyze and evaluate offers. They also conduct complex risk analysis activities and build and maintain long-standing relationships with primary and key vendors for their projects. Construction estimators need a bachelor's degree in engineering, construction science, or related fields.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Construction Estimator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$71,181 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $71K
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Construction Estimator Career Path

Learn how to become a Construction Estimator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Construction Estimator Insights

Read what Construction Estimator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Mitsubishi Electric CorporationMitsubishi Electric Corporation
May 16, 2021

“It is a good company to work and I joined working in Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.”

Feb 23, 2021

“My supervisor was herself overworked and her supervisor's expectations have been nothing short of RIDICULOUS.”

Oelrich ConstructionOelrich Construction
Construction Estimator
Nov 15, 2019

“Management would listen any issues or questions I had and worked with me to find a solution.”

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelopeOldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Aug 19, 2021

“Because of the size of Oldcastle Building Envelope there are many great people to work with.”

Harkins BuildersHarkins Builders
Mar 27, 2020

“Career Opportunities; Your career at Harkins seems to be whatever you make of it.”

Zigman Shields General ContractorsZigman Shields General Contractors
Aug 2, 2019

“I learned a great deal about the nature of general contractors while I worked at Zigman/Shields.”

DeAngelis Diamond ConstructionDeAngelis Diamond Construction
Senior Estimator
May 14, 2020

“I appreciate that everyone is responsible to accomplish their work and thus far don't seem to micro”

Bantrel CoBantrel Co
Sep 18, 2021

“Department leads are knowledgeable and great to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a construction estimator

When working as a construction estimator, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Cost Estimates, Microsoft EXCEL, Microsoft Access, Takeoffs, and Interpersonal and Communication.

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The most common qualifications to become a construction estimator include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.