How to Hire a Estimator

Does your growing business need an estimator? An Estimator is a key person who gathers necessary information and analysis important metrics about projects. They are instrumental in sharing project insights to provide crucial information for making profitable business decisions.

Here are some tips to help you find great estimator candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $18.91 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $11.50$82.50 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire an Estimator?

Hiring an Estimator for your company is vital as they deliver detailed project reports incorporating all material aspects.

• Possess detailed project understanding to determine key project variables
• Gathering information on the first-hand basis from sites, warehouses and perform risk analysis
• Utilize project software’s to perform data analysis and testing

Skills to look for in a great Estimator

It is essential to review the skills and qualifications of all possible candidates to identify the most suitable candidate for Estimator.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences, Accounting, Civil Engineering or related field
• Proven experience of more than 3+ years in construction estimating
• Certified Professional Estimator is a plus
• Proficiency in MS Office Suite and other relevant software like HCSS HeavyBid, Timberline are added advantages
• Ability to read and understand architectural plans and create cost estimates
• Impeccable multi-tasking, problem-solving and negotiation skills with an orientation to timelines

Writing an Estimator job description

An Estimator plays a vital role in every construction project. It is vital to creating a detailed job description with a list of duties, responsibilities and required skill set to find suitable candidates.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Estimator jobs, such as:

• Estimator
• Junior Estimator
• Project Estimator

Interviewing Estimator candidates

In the interview process to finalize the suitable candidates for the role of Estimator, comparing the skills and qualifications of all potential candidates is extremely important.

• Proficiency in the field of construction estimation and associated areas
• Knowledge and experience of performing project construction estimation to help the project move on smoothly as per its time and cost expectations
• How they’ve excelled at improving construction work quality by actively contributing in the construction estimation to help the project to be delivered as per expected quality and within budget

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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