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 $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
2.38% 6.85%
2.59% -
0.64% -
1.89% -
-0.50% -
- -

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

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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