The average annual and hourly salaries for cost estimators in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of cost estimators among Iowa metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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**Table 1** shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales.
The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $92,420.
The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $57,910.
The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,110.

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**Table 2** shows the average hourly salary for cost estimators in Iowa in 5 percentile scales.
The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $44.44.
The median hourly salary is $27.84.
The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.88.

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators from 2012 to 2016.

Year | Median Salary | Yearly Growth | 4-Year Growth |
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2016 | 57,910 | 6.37% | 6.61% |

2015 | 54,220 | -0.81% | - |

2014 | 54,660 | -0.15% | - |

2013 | 54,740 | 1.21% | - |

2012 | 54,080 | - | - |

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of cost estimators in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of cost estimators in state of Iowa ranges from $44,300 to $78,810. The highest paying area for cost estimators in Iowa is Iowa City with a median annual salary of $78,810. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Ames (mean annual salary $74,700). The lowest paying area is Dubuque with a median annual salary of $44,300.