Cost Estimator Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of cost estimators in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare cost estimator salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Cost Estimators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$38,090
25th Percentile Wage
$50,570
50th Percentile Wage
$64,960
75th Percentile Wage
$84,530
90th Percentile Wage
$108,520

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) cost estimators is $108,520. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $64,960. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $38,090.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$64,960
2.46% 7.47%
2016
$63,360
2.65% -
2015
$61,680
0.79% -
2014
$61,190
0.64% -
2013
$60,800
1.13% -
2012
$60,110
- -

Compare Cost Estimator Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of cost estimators in 22 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for cost estimator occupations is the other heavy and civil engineering construction industry with an annual salary $72,410. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $58,960). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$72,410
Nonresidential Building Construction
$71,910
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$71,730
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$70,570
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$70,390
Utility System Construction
$70,250
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$68,210
Building Equipment Contractors
$66,710
Construction of Buildings
$66,250
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$65,630
Masonry Contractors
$65,190
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$64,070
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$63,820
Specialty Trade Contractors
$63,650
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$63,340
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$62,620
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$62,080
Building Finishing Contractors
$61,650
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$60,990
Roofing Contractors
$60,350
Residential Building Construction
$60,130
Land Subdivision
$58,960

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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