about the job
A cost estimator collects and analyzes data in order to estimate the amount of time, money, materials, and labor required to construct a building. They often specialize in a certain industry segment, such as structures, finishes, or electrical systems. Estimators also collaborate with construction managers in order to keep a project within budget.
what you'll do
Cost estimators are vital to any construction project or business. They provide estimates that are used to submit contract bids or to price projects accurately. Estimators collaborate with contractors, architects, engineers, and clients to keep a project within budget as well as to maintain the cost records for the entire project.
A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as architecture, construction management, or engineering is usually required to become a cost estimator, in addition to a strong background in math. However, a very experienced worker with a background in construction may be able to qualify without a degree. On-the-job training and field experience is often required. Cost estimators will also need to learn specialized software, which may be included in their on-the-job-training.
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what you'll get paid
The average salary is $62,527 but will vary depending on experience and training.