What does an 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 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 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
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Estimator make?

$100,710 /yr
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Estimator Career Path

Learn how to become an 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

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Estimator Insights

Read what 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.”

Harkins BuildersHarkins Builders
Mar 27, 2020

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

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelopeOldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Aug 19, 2021

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

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.”

XYZ TechXYZ Tech
Oct 6, 2020

“Not enough money was expended”

Scotty's Contracting and StoneScotty's Contracting and Stone
May 26, 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Estimator Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Estimator

When working as an 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 Estimator are:
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction
  • Construction Superintendent

The most common qualifications to become an 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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