$79,000 - $102,000*

Project estimators play an important role in the profitability of any construction or manufacturing company as they are responsible for determining the total cost of a project — including time, materials, and labor.

Estimators are essential to helping contractors produce competitive bids while controlling costs, improving efficiencies, and impacting business growth.

Key Skills

This job is ideal for someone who is:

  • Organized
  • Analytical
  • Cost-conscious
  • Detail-oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Agreeable and enthusiatic
  • A problem solver
  • Familiar with computer programs
  • Knowledgeable about basic HVAC systems and terminology


  • Bachelor's degree preferred. High school diploma or GED required.
  • Time management skills
  • Budgeting experience
  • Field or shop experience
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel

Typical Benefits (may vary)

  • Health insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • Paid holidays and vacation
  • Paid sick days
  • 401(k)
  • Expense account
  • Vehicle or car allowance

Average Annual Base Compensation*

  • $79,000 to $102,000

*2018 SMACNA Financial Survey. Ranges based on compensation data across geographic locations. Salary and benefit information should be used as a guide. Actual compensation is influenced by location, company, and experience and benefits can vary.

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