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
$37,200
25th Percentile Wage
$47,520
50th Percentile Wage
$60,440
75th Percentile Wage
$77,910
90th Percentile Wage
$99,370

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 $99,370. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $37,200.

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 manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,440
2.38% 6.85%
2016
$59,000
2.59% -
2015
$57,470
0.64% -
2014
$57,100
1.89% -
2013
$56,020
-0.50% -
2012
$56,300
- -

Compare Cost Estimator Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of cost estimators in 92 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 $84,510. The lowest paying industry is the pulp, paper, and paperboard mills industry (annual salary $48,540). 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
$84,510
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$78,470
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$74,880
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$74,880
Ship and Boat Building
$74,810
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$73,350
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$73,260
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$73,210
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$71,280
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$69,980
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$69,470
Footwear Manufacturing
$69,470
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$69,240
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$67,840
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$66,780
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$66,430
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$65,750
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$64,860
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$64,650
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$64,100
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$63,900
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$63,120
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$63,100
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$62,580
Machinery Manufacturing
$62,460
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$62,440
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$62,290
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$62,180
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$62,070
Machinery Manufacturing
$61,940
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$61,540
Chemical Manufacturing
$61,290
Chemical Manufacturing
$61,240
Forging and Stamping
$60,950
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$60,790
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$60,540
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$60,350
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$60,080
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$59,920
Food Manufacturing
$59,870
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$59,740
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$59,720
Machine Shops
$59,480
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$59,460
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$59,440
Chemical Manufacturing
$59,260
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$59,190
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$59,090
Hardware Manufacturing
$58,930
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$58,910
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$58,820
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$58,740
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$58,720
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$58,590
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$58,550
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$58,410
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$57,720
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$57,580
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$57,460
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$57,440
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$57,350
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$57,170
Apparel Manufacturing
$56,980
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing
$56,980
Paper Manufacturing
$56,830
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$56,800
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$56,700
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$56,630
Printing and Related Support Activities
$56,540
Printing and Related Support Activities
$56,540
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$56,260
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$56,110
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$56,020
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$56,010
Sawmills and Wood Preservation
$55,900
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$55,470
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$54,580
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$54,110
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$54,110
Foundries
$53,960
Wood Product Manufacturing
$52,720
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$52,690
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$52,300
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$52,130
Other Textile Product Mills
$51,810
Textile Product Mills
$51,770
Textile Furnishings Mills
$51,740
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$51,240
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$51,140
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$50,830
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$49,100
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$48,540

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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