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.

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

Estimator Salaries

Average Base Pay

£37,237 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £37K
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Estimator Career Path

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Estimator Insights

Read what Estimator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
23 Feb 2021

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

Oelrich ConstructionOelrich Construction
Construction Estimator
15 Nov 2019

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

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelopeOldcastle BuildingEnvelope
19 Aug 2021

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

Zigman Shields General ContractorsZigman Shields General Contractors
2 Aug 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
14 May 2020

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

Bantrel CoBantrel Co
18 Sep 2021

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

Keller SupplyKeller Supply
Commercial Estimator
29 Aug 2019

“It is Steady work and they leave you alone..... Cover for no training and zero guidance.”

Captain D'sCaptain D's
14 Jan 2021

“Good great fabulous wonderful awesome”

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