Construction Estimator

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What does a Construction Estimator do?

  • Prepare and estimate budget costs by studying construction plans and documents¬†
  • Resolve cost difference by analyzing and collecting information
  • Writes up and presents budgets, reports and project plans
  • Works closely with Architects and other professionals¬†
  • Stays up to date with safety codes and improvements in construction
  • Entry level Construction Estimator jobs may also be listed as Assistant Construction Estimator or Junior Construction Estimator
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What skills are needed to be a Construction Estimator?

  • 3-5 years of experience
  • Attention to detail and ability to make deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple team estimates simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Residential and/or commercial project experience preferred
  • Proficient in understanding blueprint construction documents
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google workspace

What software is essential for proficiency in a Construction Estimator role?

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AutoCAD is the global CAD standard. AutoCAD is used by 85% of engineers and architects.

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Civil 3D software empowers civil engineers to realize tomorrow’s infrastructure, today.

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Bluebeam is utilized by AEC professional for creating, collaborating, and sharing PDF documents.

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What is the average salary of a Construction Estimator?

The typical salary range for a Construction Estimator is approximately $80,000 to $90,000. Salary may vary depending on which state you reside in.

Can a Construction Estimator work remotely?

A Construction Estimator typically operates on-site since they need to travel to different sites. After site visits are complete, the rest of the work can be done remotely if given the opportunity.

Does a Construction Estimator have to work full time?

The majority of Construction Estimators work full time due to the extensive responsibilities associated with the role.