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.
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.
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What can I earn as a Building Estimator?

The most common salary for a Building Estimator is between $110k and $130k
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.
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

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
Source: LMIP. Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data