Become a Building Estimator

Estimators, sometimes called Building Technicians are involved in drafting plans and calculating the total cost of a project. They estimate costs for materials, labour and plant, negotiate deals with suppliers, check the quality of materials and have regular progress meetings with colleagues, clients and architects. Time is split between office and site and they usually work normal office hours.

  • Reliable
  • Accuracy and proficiency
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledgeable about building techniques
  • Excellent Maths and IT skills
  • Project management skills
  • Business skills

There are a number of ways you can become an Estimator, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering; or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment Design or Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering or Surveying etc.


Newly trained estimators can earn £18,000 - £20,000

Trained and experienced estimators can earn £20,000 - £35,000

Senior, chartered or master estimators can earn £35,000 - £40,000

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.