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Cost Estimator Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

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.

Average Annual Salary of Cost Estimators

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,220
0.73% 3.79%
2016
$73,680
2.08% -
2015
$72,150
1.61% -
2014
$70,990
-0.44% -
2013
$71,300
-0.15% -
2012
$71,410
- -

Compare Cost Estimator Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

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
$79,550
Scientific Research and Development Services
$78,270
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$77,970
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$77,930
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$77,650
Legal Services
$76,120
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$74,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$72,880
Testing Laboratories
$69,460
Specialized Design Services
$62,820
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$60,880
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,810
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$47,750

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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