Estimator, Construction Salary
Job Description for Estimator, Construction
The job of construction estimator is essential to a contractor or any company that performs many building or material improvements or renovations to their facilities. The estimator assesses all costs - material and labor - for potential construction projects. They normally work within a firm to come up with their best estimates for a project so that the company can then implement this work into a budget for a bid; their estimates are often for internal use only, although some contractors have their estimators write actual bids as well.Read More...
A construction estimator needs to have strong analytical skills. They work with designers, engineers, and architects to take schematics and blueprints and work up the cost of materials required. They may be asked to work up multiple estimates for a variety of materials in a typical construction project as well. The estimator must also have a strong working knowledge of their firm’s construction procedures and manpower to develop good projections on the amount of labor required.
Construction estimators may have to do a bit of traveling, as on-site visits and information-gathering are frequently a key part of determining the accuracy of their projections. Normally, a person in this position works regular business hours, but certain projects may require after hours or predawn site visits as well.
If the estimator miscalculates the costs of material, labor, or time, the cost overrun can hurt a company; as a result, there are usually education requirements that include some postsecondary technical education. Additionally, three to five years in construction management work is strongly recommended.
Estimator, Construction Tasks
- Create estimates and cost or expenditure statements for use in future project consideration.
- Create cost tracking and reporting operational systems.
- Consult with outsides sources and analyze documents to create time, cost, materials and labor estimates.
Common Career Paths for Estimator, Construction
Though some Construction Estimators move into positions like Chief Estimator (where the average salary is $94K), this progression is not the norm. Construction Estimators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Estimators or Construction Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $28K higher and $17K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Estimator, Construction
Construction Estimators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Job Scheduling command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and Blueprints. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.
Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Construction
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Construction Estimators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. Construction Estimators bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Construction Estimators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $68K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Construction Estimators in Jacksonville receive some of the highest pay in the country. Construction Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Salt Lake City (+20 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Richmond ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (10 percent lower) and Los Angeles (9 percent lower).
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