Cost Estimator Salary in Sector of Retail Trade

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

Average Annual Salary of Cost Estimators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,810
25th Percentile Wage
$39,340
50th Percentile Wage
$53,660
75th Percentile Wage
$70,620
90th Percentile Wage
$91,940

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in the industry sector of retail 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 $91,940. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $30,810.

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 retail trade from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,660
-0.97% 7.53%
2016
$54,180
5.22% -
2015
$51,350
-3.37% -
2014
$53,080
4.01% -
2013
$50,950
2.61% -
2012
$49,620
- -

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

The average salaries of cost estimators in 19 industries in the retail 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 electronics and appliance stores industry with an annual salary $84,720. The lowest paying industry is the other motor vehicle dealers industry (annual salary $33,960). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$84,720
Electronics and Appliance Stores
$84,720
Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$67,630
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$67,150
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
$64,240
Furniture Stores
$64,020
Direct Selling Establishments
$63,550
Nonstore Retailers
$61,680
Automobile Dealers
$56,200
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$55,610
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
$52,830
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers
$51,860
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
$51,840
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores
$49,420
Home Furnishings Stores
$49,070
Food and Beverage Stores
$48,600
Grocery Stores
$48,600
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores
$46,140
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers
$33,960

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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