The salary statistics of cost estimators in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare cost estimator salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$44,150|
|25th Percentile Wage||$56,420|
|50th Percentile Wage||$74,220|
|75th Percentile Wage||$100,050|
|90th Percentile Wage||$125,010|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. 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 $125,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,220. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $44,150.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of cost estimators in 13 industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services 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 engineering services industry with an annual salary $79,550. The lowest paying industry is the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry (annual salary $47,750). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Engineering Services|| |
|Scientific Research and Development Services|| |
|Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences|| |
|Computer Systems Design and Related Services|| |
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services|| |
|Legal Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services|| |
|Testing Laboratories|| |
|Specialized Design Services|| |
|Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services|| |
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 .