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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
$42,250
25th Percentile Wage
$54,890
50th Percentile Wage
$73,680
75th Percentile Wage
$98,270
90th Percentile Wage
$123,560

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 $123,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid cost estimators is $42,250.

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 professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,6802.08%3.08%
201572,1501.61%-
201470,990-0.44%-
201371,300-0.15%-
201271,410--

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

The average salaries of cost estimators in twelve 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 scientific research and development services industry with an annual salary $86,620. The lowest paying industry is the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry (annual salary $46,640). For detailed cost estimator salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Scientific Research and Development Services
$86,620
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$85,960
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$77,700
Engineering Services
$77,680
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$75,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$71,220
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$66,410
Specialized Design Services
$63,020
Testing Laboratories
$56,630
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,740
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$46,640

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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