Estimators calculate how much it costs to supply products or services to a client before building works can start.
- Newly trained estimators can earn in the region of £18,000 - £22,000
- Trained with experience estimators can earn in the region of £22,000 - £34,000
- Senior, chartered or master estimators can earn in the region of £34,000 - £41,500
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and careers options also improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set academic entry requirements to train as an estimator, but GCSEs (A*-C) in science, technology, English and maths are useful or their equivalent. An IT qualification is also good to have.
You could also study for a BTEC HNC, HND in subject areas such as structural engineering, civil engineering or construction.
An excellent way to start is by looking for construction apprenticeships with a building or construction engineering firm, then working up. Your employer might want you to take more on-the-job qualifications. These could include an NVQ in Project Control Levels 3 and 4, NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations levels 3 and 4, and Certificate and Diploma in Site Management Level 4.
With a Level 3 NVQ and several years’ experience, you can apply for membership of the Association of Cost Engineers. For further information see the website: www.acoste.org.uk
Many people also take on this role after first as a craft person, assistant technician or administrator.