Estimator, valuer or assessor

Estimators, valuers and assessors plan and undertake the calculation of probable costs of civil, mechanical, electrical, electronic and other projects, estimate the value of property and chattels, and investigate insurance claims to assess their validity and to assign liability.


  • Examines insurance documents to assess extent of liability and gathers information about incident from police, medical records, ship.
  • Prepares comprehensive estimates of time and costs and presents these in report or tender form.
  • Assesses costs of materials, labour and other factors such as required profit margins, transport costs, tariffs and fare structures, possible hazards, etc..
  • Assesses condition, location, desirability and amenities of property to be valued.
  • Examines plans, drawings, specifications, parts lists, etc. and specifies the materials and components required.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 23% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for estimator, valuer or assessor is £28,665

2,092 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,092. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for estimator, valuer or assessor roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £28,665 per year. That is about £2,389 per month or £14.70 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,629, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,734

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,092 people are employed in the region.

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