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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $104,990. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $36,840.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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 highway, street, and bridge construction industry with an annual salary $70,210. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $57,050). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction|| |
|Nonresidential Building Construction|| |
|Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction|| |
|Utility System Construction|| |
|Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction|| |
|Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors|| |
|Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction|| |
|Building Equipment Contractors|| |
|Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors|| |
|Construction of Buildings|| |
|Masonry Contractors|| |
|Specialty Trade Contractors|| |
|Drywall and Insulation Contractors|| |
|Other Building Equipment Contractors|| |
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors|| |
|Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors|| |
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors|| |
|Painting and Wall Covering Contractors|| |
|Building Finishing Contractors|| |
|Roofing Contractors|| |
|Residential Building Construction|| |
|Land Subdivision|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .