Cost EstimatorSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Construction cost estimators gather and interpret data to help them estimate the time, money, labor, and materials needed for buildings, roads, and other projects. Their responsibilities include preparing estimates, recommending ways to save money, and maintaining records. Cost estimators need to have excellent analytical and communication skills.

Sample job description

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a cost estimator is $73,800 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$73,350$99,250
Los Angeles, California$82,800$112,000
Denver, Colorado$69,000$93,350
Washington, DC$84,050$113,700
Miami, Florida$68,650$92,900
Orlando, Florida$63,350$85,700
Tampa, Florida$63,950$86,550
Atlanta, Georgia$67,100$90,800
Chicago, Illinois$77,150$104,350
Boston, Massachusetts$83,400$112,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$66,450$89,950
New York City, New York$87,800$118,800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$71,500$96,750
Dallas, Texas$69,600$94,200
Houston, Texas$69,300$93,750
Seattle, Washington$80,250$108,634
National Average$62,700$84,850

Sample interview questions

  • When is an example of a time you have correctly estimated a cost, and what methods did you use to achieve this estimation?
  • If you were asked to complete a cost estimation in less time than you were able to, what would be your response?
  • What skills do you believe a cost estimator needs to be successful?
  • How are your communication and calculation skills?
  • What techniques do you use in order to ensure that all aspects of a project have been successfully accounted for in your cost estimation?
  • What is the most complex estimate you have created and were you successful in this estimate?
  • Do you have any experience with estimates reconciliation with clients? How did you resolve this?
  • What experience or certifications do you have that will be relevant to this role?

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