The average annual and hourly salaries for cost estimators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of cost estimators among California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$37,790|
|25th Percentile Wage||$51,710|
|50th Percentile Wage||$68,550|
|75th Percentile Wage||$93,990|
|90th Percentile Wage||$122,590|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $122,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $68,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,790.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of cost estimators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of cost estimators in state of California ranges from $51,460 to $87,830. The highest paying area for cost estimators in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $87,830. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $86,730). The lowest paying area is Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $51,460.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|El Centro|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |