Cost Estimator Salary Information

The salary statistics of cost estimators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of cost estimators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The cost estimators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Cost Estimator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,000
25th Percentile Wage
$48,710
50th Percentile Wage
$63,110
75th Percentile Wage
$82,330
90th Percentile Wage
$106,010

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cost estimators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) cost estimators is $106,010. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,000. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 186% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of cost estimators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$63,110
2.09% 6.73%
2016
$61,790
2.27% -
2015
$60,390
0.56% -
2014
$60,050
0.98% -
2013
$59,460
1.01% -
2012
$58,860
- -

Table 2. Cost Estimator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of cost estimators in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for cost estimators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $90,410. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $53,660).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$90,410
Information
$81,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$78,690
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$74,570
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$74,220
Finance and Insurance
$72,880
Mining
$72,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$72,460
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$66,550
Construction
$64,960
Educational Services
$64,940
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$61,340
Manufacturing
$60,440
Transportation and Warehousing
$59,960
Wholesale Trade
$58,790
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$55,530
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,040
Retail Trade
$53,660

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Cost Estimators by States

From the above tables we note that not only cost estimators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of cost estimators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,100 to $88,930. The highest paying state for cost estimators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $88,930. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $30,100. For more salary information of cost estimators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$88,930
Alaska
$80,830
Hawaii
$73,130
Washington
$72,750
Connecticut
$70,460
Massachusetts
$69,450
California
$68,550
Texas
$68,080
New Jersey
$67,530
Wyoming
$67,040
Delaware
$66,190
Illinois
$66,150
New York
$65,900
Maryland
$65,600
Oregon
$65,420
Kansas
$64,910
Arizona
$64,900
Colorado
$64,440
Virginia
$64,320
New Hampshire
$64,090
Utah
$63,960
Pennsylvania
$63,900
Rhode Island
$63,420
Missouri
$62,800
Minnesota
$62,220
Iowa
$61,730
North Dakota
$61,260
Indiana
$61,220
Georgia
$61,180
Vermont
$60,820
Michigan
$60,640
Maine
$60,610
Nevada
$60,400
Kentucky
$60,310
Oklahoma
$59,940
Ohio
$59,340
Tennessee
$59,010
Mississippi
$58,100
Alabama
$57,950
North Carolina
$57,870
Louisiana
$57,600
Montana
$57,540
Florida
$57,410
South Carolina
$57,390
West Virginia
$56,840
Arkansas
$56,250
Wisconsin
$56,180
Nebraska
$56,150
Idaho
$55,100
New Mexico
$54,730
Guam
$53,280
South Dakota
$52,080
Puerto Rico
$30,100



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