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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$68,550
0.53% 4.81%
2016
$68,190
4.71% -
2015
$64,980
-0.03% -
2014
$65,000
1.54% -
2013
$64,000
-1.95% -
2012
$65,250
- -

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 $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
$87,830
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$86,730
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$81,780
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$78,720
Napa
$76,230
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$75,950
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$74,780
Yuba City
$72,080
Vallejo-Fairfield
$70,130
Bakersfield-Delano
$69,180
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$69,030
El Centro
$68,760
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$68,590
Chico
$68,520
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$67,500
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$67,290
Fresno
$66,290
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$64,960
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$64,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$63,030
Redding
$62,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$62,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$62,840
Visalia-Porterville
$62,750
Stockton
$62,270
Madera-Chowchilla
$62,170
Salinas
$61,170
Modesto
$59,890
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$59,830
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$57,960
Merced
$57,270
Hanford-Corcoran
$56,950
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,460




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