Cost Estimator Salary in Sector of Wholesale Trade

The salary statistics of cost estimators in the industry sector of wholesale trade are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare cost estimator salaries in different industries within the wholesale trade sector.

Average Annual Salary of Cost Estimators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,120
25th Percentile Wage
$42,040
50th Percentile Wage
$55,850
75th Percentile Wage
$73,500
90th Percentile Wage
$93,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in the industry sector of wholesale trade. 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 $93,680. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $33,120.

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 wholesale trade from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,8501.15%1.02%
201555,210-0.74%-
201455,620-1.58%-
201356,5002.16%-
201255,280--

Compare Cost Estimator Salary in Different Industries within the Wholesale Trade Sector

The average salaries of cost estimators in 17 industries in the wholesale trade 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 chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers industry with an annual salary $63,630. The lowest paying industry is the paper and paper product merchant wholesalers industry (annual salary $47,330). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$63,630
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$61,700
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$59,910
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$59,590
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$59,590
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
$58,390
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$57,540
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$57,450
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$56,740
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
$55,610
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$55,240
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$55,070
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$54,850
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$54,110
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$51,520
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers
$51,010
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$47,330

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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