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
$36,270
25th Percentile Wage
$46,160
50th Percentile Wage
$59,000
75th Percentile Wage
$75,900
90th Percentile Wage
$97,090

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
201659,0002.59%4.58%
201557,4700.64%-
201457,1001.89%-
201356,020-0.50%-
201256,300--

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
$84,330
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$77,380
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$75,810
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$72,700
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$71,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$70,820
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$70,820
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$70,660
Ship and Boat Building
$70,550
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$69,020
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$67,530
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$64,780
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$64,660
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$64,650
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$63,570
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$62,440
Machinery Manufacturing
$62,320
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$62,290
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$62,180
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$61,540
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$61,460
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$61,010
Forging and Stamping
$60,950
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$60,830
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$60,290
Chemical Manufacturing
$60,220
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$59,740
Food Manufacturing
$59,690
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$59,650
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$59,460
Hardware Manufacturing
$58,930
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$58,820
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$58,720
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$58,720
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$58,590
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$58,550
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$58,530
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$58,410
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$58,410
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$58,300
Machine Shops
$58,230
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$57,480
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$57,360
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$57,170
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$56,850
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$56,760
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$56,680
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$56,260
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$56,110
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$55,960
Foundries
$55,890
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$55,580
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$55,500
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$54,790
Textile Furnishings Mills
$54,680
Printing and Related Support Activities
$54,630
Printing and Related Support Activities
$54,630
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$54,110
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$53,950
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$53,130
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$53,090
Paper Manufacturing
$52,950
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$52,740
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$52,690
Textile Product Mills
$52,660
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$52,300
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$52,130
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$51,240
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$51,140
Wood Product Manufacturing
$50,030
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$49,100
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$46,950

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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