Surveyor - Quantity

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A quantity surveyor estimates the costs of a building or engineering project from its beginning to completion. Contractors base their tenders on this. Once the project is under way, the quantity surveyor continually monitors its progress and actual costs.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

You would usually start as an assistant quantity surveyor earning between £20,000 and £25,000 a year, depending on experience. A chartered quantity surveyor with relevant experience could earn between £30,000 and £40,000 a year. Higher earners can earn up to £55,000 year or more.


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Getting In

You gain chartered or associate status by following one of the routes approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

In addition to the above:

Many quantity surveyors work in private practices, large construction or engineering companies, and in the public sector - for local authorities or agencies such as the Ministry of Defence. There are also jobs in housing associations, health trusts and in the oil industry. Some jobs are largely office based; in others more time is spent on site.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

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