Cost Estimator Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of cost estimators in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare cost estimator salaries in different industries within the manufacturing 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 manufacturing. 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 $97,090. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $36,270.

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 manufacturing from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Cost Estimator Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of cost estimators in 72 industries in the manufacturing 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 aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $84,330. The lowest paying industry is the veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing industry (annual salary $46,950). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Machinery Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Forging and Stamping
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Machine Shops
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Textile Furnishings Mills
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing

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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