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Cost Estimator Salary Information in California

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Cost Estimators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,000
25th Percentile Wage
$51,350
50th Percentile Wage
$68,190
75th Percentile Wage
$92,220
90th Percentile Wage
$119,210

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 $119,210. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $68,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,000.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17.79
25th Percentile Wage
$24.69
50th Percentile Wage
$32.78
75th Percentile Wage
$44.34
90th Percentile Wage
$57.31

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for cost estimators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $57.31. The median hourly salary is $32.78. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17.79.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,1904.71%4.31%
201564,980-0.03%-
201465,0001.54%-
201364,000-1.95%-
201265,250--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Cost Estimators in California Cities

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 $49,730 to $83,930. The highest paying area for cost estimators in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $83,930. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $83,120). The lowest paying area is Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $49,730.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$83,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$83,120
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,730
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$80,060
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$75,150
El Centro
$73,710
Bakersfield-Delano
$72,590
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$69,950
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$69,700
Napa
$67,750
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$67,500
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$67,110
Merced
$65,500
Vallejo-Fairfield
$65,500
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$64,580
Chico
$63,740
Stockton
$63,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$62,930
Redding
$62,600
Visalia-Porterville
$62,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$62,120
Fresno
$62,010
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$61,750
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$60,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$60,670
Salinas
$60,310
Yuba City
$59,790
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$58,900
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,960
Hanford-Corcoran
$56,950
Madera-Chowchilla
$56,010
Modesto
$55,850
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$49,730


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