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
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 $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
2.46% 7.47%
2.65% -
0.79% -
0.64% -
1.13% -
- -

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
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 [1].


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