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.

What responsibilities are common for Construction Estimator jobs?
  • Willingness to work in the field as a construction observer.
  • Create a repair order and schedule the vehicle for repairs.
  • Lead a functional team in producing a complete bid proposal.
  • Review quotes and estimates with the project management team.
  • Prepare detailed proposals as required by our customers when necessary.
  • Estimate time or cost for installation, repair, or construction projects.
  • Review projects prior to bidding and writing up proposals.
  • Maintain an updated database of unit rates for estimating.
  • Determine material and labor requirements and prepares itemized lists.
  • Manage all estimating processes from start to finish.
  • Attend and participate in all project meetings and company training.
  • Develop, prepare and maintain buyout budgets, including small business goals.
  • Perform necessary research to produce accurate, complete and competitive pricing.
  • Track and analyze data to reduce gaps between estimates and actual cost.
  • Develop relationships with engineers to discuss plans and specifications.
  • Follow up on all missed estimate appointments within one hour of the missed appointment.
  • Develop and ensure adherence to approved processes and procedures.
What are the typical qualifications for Construction Estimator jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business, civil engineering, construction management or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of CAD Software and systems.
  • Experience drawing up plans, cost estimates, change orders, and cost analysis.
  • A leader and problem solver with a demonstrated strong work ethic.
  • Can use critical thinking to assist with daily tasks and needs.
  • Demonstrated attention to details and time management capabilities.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Construction Estimator make?

Confident
$78,553 /yr
Total Pay
$63,124
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$15,429
 /yr

Additional Pay

$78,553

 / yr
$53K$120K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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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.

Construction Estimator
$78,553/yr
Senior Construction Estimator
$109,899/yr
Construction Estimator

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
14%
2 - 4
41%
5 - 7
34%
8+
11%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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
ELECTRICAL ESTIMATOR/PROCUREMENT ENGINEER
May 16, 2021

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

SpragginsSpraggins
Estimator
Feb 23, 2021

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

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelopeOldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Estimator
Aug 19, 2021

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

ATI RestorationATI Restoration
Project Estimator
Aug 1, 2022

“Coming here was the best career decision I have made and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity they have given me.”

Bantrel CoBantrel Co
Estimator
Sep 18, 2021

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

ATI RestorationATI Restoration
Project Estimator
Aug 1, 2022

“I have worked for other restoration companies and this one is by far the best.”

LECESSE ConstructionLECESSE Construction
Estimator
Oct 7, 2022

“There was real pride in our work and an honest effort to do everything right by the Owners.”

XYZ TechXYZ Tech
Estimator
Oct 6, 2020

“Not enough money was expended”

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Construction Estimator Interviews

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.

The most similar professions to Construction Estimator are:
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Worker
  • Construction Superintendent

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.

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