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
$36,840
25th Percentile Wage
$49,060
50th Percentile Wage
$63,360
75th Percentile Wage
$82,360
90th Percentile Wage
$104,990

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201663,3602.65%5.13%
201561,6800.79%-
201461,1900.64%-
201360,8001.13%-
201260,110--

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 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
$70,210
Nonresidential Building Construction
$69,420
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$68,750
Utility System Construction
$68,620
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$68,010
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$67,020
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$66,860
Building Equipment Contractors
$65,450
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$64,480
Construction of Buildings
$63,910
Masonry Contractors
$63,590
Specialty Trade Contractors
$62,460
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$62,070
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$61,870
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$61,110
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$60,840
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$60,220
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$60,170
Building Finishing Contractors
$60,150
Roofing Contractors
$58,950
Residential Building Construction
$58,200
Land Subdivision
$57,050

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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