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||$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.
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.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-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 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|| |
|Nonresidential Building Construction|| |
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction|| |
|Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction|| |
|Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction|| |
|Utility System Construction|| |
|Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors|| |
|Building Equipment Contractors|| |
|Construction of Buildings|| |
|Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors|| |
|Masonry Contractors|| |
|Drywall and Insulation Contractors|| |
|Other Building Equipment Contractors|| |
|Specialty Trade Contractors|| |
|Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors|| |
|Painting and Wall Covering Contractors|| |
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors|| |
|Building Finishing Contractors|| |
|Other Specialty Trade 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 2017 and published in April 2018 .