Building Estimator

An analytical role that demands an eye for detail, technical knowledge and problem-solving ability.

What's it like to be a Building Estimator?

Building Estimators prepare and deliver estimates for the cost of materials, labour and equipment needed to complete a construction or building project.
Building Estimator
Tasks and duties
  • Work with construction managers, architects and surveyors to plan and develop a budget for building projects.
  • Use software to calculate the cost and time estimates for a project, check subcontractor quotes and submit tenders.
  • Interpret plans, regulations and relevant codes of practice.

What can I earn as a Building Estimator?

The most common salary  for a Building Estimator is between $70k and $80k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Building Estimator

To work as a Building Estimator, extensive experience within the building and construction industry is needed, together with a formal qualification, such as the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating) CPC40308.
  1. Complete either a Certificate IV in Building (Construction Estimation) or a Diploma of Building and Construction CPC50210.
  2. Apply to get a "White Card" through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), as anyone who works on a construction site in Australia is required to undertake construction induction training. You will need to provide the trainer with 100 points of ID and pay the fee (set independently by each RTO).
  3. There are many options to progress your career as a building estimator - consider moving into consultancy or a construction management role.

Explore Building Estimator qualifications

Get qualified to work as a Building Estimator with a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Estimating), or develop your building career with a Bachelor Degree.
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Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

What are employers looking for?

Employers want:
  • Pricing skills
  • Reporting skills
  • Tendering experience
  • Fit out experience
  • Take-off experience
Shortlisted applicants have:
  • AutoCAD experience
  • Project management skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Revit
  • Microsoft Project skills
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Building Estimators rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Building Estimators surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews
4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Estimation Department - Alumco Co. (Facade Specialist)
The good things
Building Estimator was the hardest job i ever done to all the careers I've worked. But every each day I'm developing myself to become the best possible. I'm now became a subject matter expert in an ar...
The challenges
Building Estimator had too much challenges you need to face like PRESSURE or DEADLINES. Pressure means if there is project on rush you need to finish it by today all your boss will keep focusing & ask...
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Construction
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
nursing enviroment
The challenges
Work load varies for different seasons.
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
BSc. (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Pre & Post contract
The good things
Its all about construction cost. Day to day there are so many new things get to know about construction methods, materials, etc. But it is really interesting. Cost estimators are the eye of the projec...
The challenges
Everyday have new challenges about ( new methodologies, etc).
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Senior Quantity Surveyor
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Fabrication/Production Quantity Surveyor for Oil & Gas Sector
The good things
Building Estimator is similar to Quantity Surveyor, Challenging but interesting! Bachelor's Degree Electrical Engineering Graduate Project Engineer/ Estimator/ Quantity Surveyor Oil & Gas/ Building/ ...
The challenges
Challenges Being in the men's world, I have encountered a lot of difficulties and hardships as discrimination arises due to my gender (female) but with Gods unending help, guidance, favor and love I w...
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
10+ years experience. No qualification.
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Engineering and Construction
The good things
Challenging
The challenges
professional relationships long hours accuracy
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelors of Quantity Surveying
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Quantity Surveying
The good things
Interacting with Architects and Engineers which brings a different dimension to what you do. Can get out of the office on a daily bases and don't feel cramped in your office. There is plenty of techni...
The challenges
Every contractor has his way of doing things as well as subcontractors. All of them needs to be paid for work executed. Sometimes you cannot pay them due to quality of work and/or over claiming. These...
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Civil Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Construction and consultancy
The good things
It is a very challenging role but all you need is to have a very wide experience in construction to be able to picture out the estimation process.
The challenges
It is very important to have actual construction experience
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
MRICS
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Diversity of projects
The challenges
Deadline is always challenging
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3 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Challenging fast-paced
The challenges
Task Priorities
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1 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of engineering civil
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Building
The good things
My role gives me a lot of real world knowledge but the salary is below average. Companies are using us in the situation of downterm building market
The challenges
In this role one needs to remember to not forget
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher National Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
The work of an estimator will get one in close contact with many other professionals for instance the estimator is likely to be in regular contact with other professionals within the industry such as ...
The challenges
When I got the first job after graduation, I did not have working knowledge of computer yet I was expected to prepare and present all my reports with a computer. Apart from learning to work as a profe...
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Building Estimators?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities
Building Estimator jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK
Projected job growth
National increase over next 5 years
10%
2017
2022
Source: LMIP. Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
Latest Building Estimator jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data