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Highest Paying Industries for Cost Estimators

The top 100 highest paying industries for cost estimators (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $103,870, natural gas distribution is the highest paying industry for cost estimators. It is followed by wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite) industry (average annual salary $94,650). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of cost estimators in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Cost Estimators

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Natural Gas Distribution
$103,870
720
2 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$94,650
40
3 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$92,410
340
4 Oil and Gas Extraction
$91,720
60
5 Telecommunications
$90,940
480
6 Utilities
$90,700
1,280
7 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$86,380
40
8 Information
$84,610
670
9 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$83,680
60
10 Pipeline Transportation
$83,280
70
11 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$80,480
1,980
12 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$79,880
430
13 Scientific Research and Development Services
$79,170
450
14 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$77,700
180
15 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$77,140
120
16 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$76,560
510
17 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$75,840
60
18 Engineering Services
$75,410
4,030
19 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$75,320
2,810
20 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$75,130
430
21 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$74,230
4,770
22 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$73,690
80
23 Business Support Services
$73,660
30
24 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$73,150
110
25 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$72,670
30
26 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$72,620
50
27 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$72,300
40
28 Educational Services - Local government owned
$72,300
40
29 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$72,270
40
30 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$71,920
870
31 Mining
$71,710
450
32 Waste Collection
$71,580
90
33 Testing Laboratories
$71,490
180
34 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$71,280
n/a
35 Outpatient Care Centers
$71,230
60
36 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,990
8,320
37 Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$70,940
50
38 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$70,670
40
39 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$70,600
50
40 Warehousing and Storage
$70,070
140
41 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$69,900
750
42 Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,900
750
43 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$69,670
180
44 State government, including schools and hospitals
$69,660
410
45 Support Activities for Mining
$69,600
330
46 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$69,530
60
47 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$69,530
60
48 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$69,360
100
49 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$69,180
2,900
50 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$69,140
1,030
51 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$69,010
240
52 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$68,830
4,940
53 Ship and Boat Building
$68,610
390
54 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$68,530
610
55 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$68,480
1,260
56 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$68,450
1,510
57 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$68,410
100
58 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$68,400
840
59 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$67,980
560
60 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$67,650
70
61 Hospitals - Privately owned
$67,650
70
62 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$67,450
80
63 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$67,450
80
64 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,270
1,600
65 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$67,170
11,880
66 Nonresidential Building Construction
$66,660
21,160
67 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$66,110
1,380
68 Other Insurance Related Activities
$66,070
340
69 Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
$65,860
40
70 Water Transportation
$65,860
40
71 Educational Services
$65,850
360
72 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$65,790
370
73 Air Transportation
$65,690
80
74 Utility System Construction
$65,610
5,200
75 Land Subdivision
$65,600
230
76 Scheduled Air Transportation
$65,240
80
77 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$65,030
220
78 Educational Services - State government owned
$64,850
220
79 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$64,460
150
80 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$64,050
40
81 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$64,040
310
82 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$63,980
15,810
83 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$63,830
1,090
84 Building Equipment Contractors
$63,390
34,400
85 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$63,180
400
86 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$63,020
16,910
87 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$62,800
210
88 Lessors of Real Estate
$62,600
100
89 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$62,600
270
90 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$62,560
300
91 Educational Services - Privately owned
$62,550
100
92 Freight Transportation Arrangement
$62,450
190
93 Construction of Buildings
$62,200
36,700
94 Rental and Leasing Services
$62,080
220
95 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$61,790
70
96 Food Manufacturing
$61,730
70
97 Software Publishers
$61,680
40
98 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$61,510
1,680
99 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$61,410
50
100 Other Support Services
$61,400
140
See also: Highest paying cities for cost estimators.