Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor

Quantity surveyors are the people who are responsible for figuring out how much a building project will cost, and help ensure that work is completed on time and on budget.

The quantity surveyor's role involves:

  • Studying architects' and engineers' plans
  • Measuring and estimating material and labour costs
  • Preparing reports on the progress of the project
  • Visiting building sites to monitor progress

Quantity surveyors generally earn:

  • $50-55,000 starting salary,
  • $70,000+ with two to five years' experience

Most quantity surveyors are employed by:

  • Construction companies
  • Property developers 
  • Quantity surveying consultancies

Experienced quantity surveyors are in demand, particularly for the Christchurch rebuild, but new graduates may find it harder to find work.

Key tertiary qualifications:

  • National Diploma in Quantity Surveying
  • Bachelor of Construction, majoring in Building Economics or Quantity Surveying

Recommended school subjects:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • English
  • Technology subjects
  • Economics

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Quantity Surveyor: People who work in this role

  • Lyndon Marfell

    Contract Manager, Lyndon Marfell at work

    Alan Hoffman

    Quantity Surveyor, Alan Hoffman at work

Quantity Surveyor: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    HEB Construction
    HEB Construction
  • Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan

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