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Cost Estimator Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for cost estimators in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of cost estimators among Pennsylvania 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].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Cost Estimators in Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$39,300
25th Percentile Wage
$50,180
50th Percentile Wage
$62,240
75th Percentile Wage
$78,560
90th Percentile Wage
$97,930

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $97,930. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $62,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,300.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18.89
25th Percentile Wage
$24.12
50th Percentile Wage
$29.92
75th Percentile Wage
$37.77
90th Percentile Wage
$47.08

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for cost estimators in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $47.08. The median hourly salary is $29.92. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18.89.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201662,2403.10%7.78%
201560,3100.65%-
201459,9202.67%-
201358,3201.58%-
201257,400--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Cost Estimators in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of cost estimators in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of cost estimators in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $48,540 to $73,280. The highest paying area for cost estimators in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia with a median annual salary of $73,280. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Reading (mean annual salary $70,060). The lowest paying area is Williamsport with a median annual salary of $48,540.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Philadelphia
$73,280
Reading
$70,060
Newark-Union
$68,920
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$67,890
Pittsburgh
$64,590
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$64,050
York-Hanover
$61,840
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$60,280
Johnstown
$59,130
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$58,750
State College
$58,670
Lancaster
$57,790
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$54,300
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$54,240
Altoona
$53,830
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$52,670
Lebanon
$52,200
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$49,080
Erie
$49,060
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$48,580
Williamsport
$48,540


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