Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

13-1051 Cost Estimators

Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
183,790 0.8 % $29.84 $62,060 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.39 $21.12 $27.82 $36.44 $45.97
Annual Wage (2) $34,100 $43,920 $57,860 $75,790 $95,620


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 28,560 1.73 $31.23 $64,970
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,350 2.76 $33.37 $69,410
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,440 2.17 $29.33 $61,010
Building Finishing Contractors 14,490 2.18 $29.06 $60,450
Residential Building Construction 11,560 1.96 $28.63 $59,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,350 2.76 $33.37 $69,410
Building Finishing Contractors 14,490 2.18 $29.06 $60,450
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,440 2.17 $29.33 $61,010
Residential Building Construction 11,560 1.96 $28.63 $59,540
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 9,550 1.78 $29.79 $61,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) $48.71 $101,320
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 $46.14 $95,970
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 30 0.13 $38.29 $79,640
Natural Gas Distribution 570 0.53 $37.82 $78,660
Electronics and Appliance Stores (8) (8) $37.54 $78,070


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 20,990 1.50 1.04 $34.16 $71,060
Texas 14,010 1.39 0.96 $30.09 $62,600
Florida 11,180 1.57 1.09 $27.44 $57,080
New York 9,590 1.15 0.80 $33.69 $70,070
Pennsylvania 9,410 1.72 1.19 $28.90 $60,120




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 4,330 2.01 1.39 $29.35 $61,040
Oregon 3,070 1.96 1.35 $29.58 $61,520
Virginia 6,880 1.95 1.35 $29.67 $61,710
Wisconsin 4,810 1.84 1.27 $28.54 $59,360
Washington 4,940 1.83 1.27 $30.83 $64,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 280 0.92 0.64 $37.49 $77,970
Massachusetts 4,170 1.34 0.93 $35.61 $74,070
District of Columbia 200 0.32 0.22 $35.45 $73,740
California 20,990 1.50 1.04 $34.16 $71,060
New York 9,590 1.15 0.80 $33.69 $70,070

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,490 0.90 0.62 $38.47 $80,010
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 4,370 1.23 0.85 $32.44 $67,470
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,160 1.66 1.15 $34.16 $71,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,140 1.09 0.75 $33.00 $68,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,790 1.66 1.15 $31.89 $66,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,040 1.38 0.95 $29.25 $60,850
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,930 1.47 1.01 $29.94 $62,270
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,820 1.56 1.08 $32.58 $67,770
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,660 1.59 1.10 $29.99 $62,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.97 1.36 $33.13 $68,900




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fond du Lac, WI 170 4.02 2.78 $26.61 $55,340
Lancaster, PA 680 3.06 2.12 $27.79 $57,810
Redding, CA 180 2.98 2.06 $24.43 $50,810
Missoula, MT 160 2.96 2.05 $27.48 $57,160
York-Hanover, PA 490 2.90 2.01 $28.71 $59,710
Harrisonburg, VA 160 2.79 1.93 $27.67 $57,560
Fort Wayne, IN 520 2.69 1.86 $30.01 $62,410
Lebanon, PA 120 2.63 1.82 $23.50 $48,880
Great Falls, MT 90 2.62 1.81 $23.68 $49,260
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 250 2.61 1.80 $29.55 $61,460