A landscape estimator is often one of the first professionals on a job site as they work with design plans to create the list of all materials and item quantities required to bring the plan to life. These professionals are responsible for calculating the material costs of the job and creating estimates on the labor and equipment required to build the job. Like many other professionals in this team-oriented industry, estimators usually work with other colleagues - including experienced installation managers and purchasing managers - to arrive at a final job cost to present to the client. In the maintenance business, the estimator may inspect new properties, measuring lawns, beds and hardscapes to help determine the labor and equipment required to maintain the property.
Landscape Estimator Essentials
- Medical coverage
- Paid vacation time
An associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or landscape contracting – and an eye for plant design – are required
*Median salaries and benefits should be used as a guide. Actual compensation is influenced by location, type of business, employee’s experience, etc. and benefits vary among employers.
Maggie Burke, Landscape Estimator
Maggie loves being a part of each stage of a project, whether that be design development with the landscape architect, sourcing of proposed plant material with the purchasing and production team, or refining details in the field with subcontractors.