Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
216,270 0.8 % $31.16 $64,810 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.69 $21.95 $29.03 $37.98 $48.35
Annual Wage (2) $34,720 $45,650 $60,390 $79,000 $100,570


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 35,400 1.87 $32.63 $67,860
Nonresidential Building Construction 22,860 3.16 $34.54 $71,840
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,480 2.32 $29.91 $62,210
Building Finishing Contractors 17,710 2.43 $30.43 $63,300
Residential Building Construction 16,660 2.45 $28.72 $59,730

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 22,860 3.16 $34.54 $71,840
Residential Building Construction 16,660 2.45 $28.72 $59,730
Building Finishing Contractors 17,710 2.43 $30.43 $63,300
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,480 2.32 $29.91 $62,210
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,630 1.88 $30.24 $62,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.03 $50.45 $104,930
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 60 0.04 $47.97 $99,780
Natural Gas Distribution 750 0.66 $46.94 $97,640
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,930 0.40 $40.75 $84,750
Scientific Research and Development Services 440 0.07 $40.61 $84,470


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 25,960 1.68 1.07 $33.94 $70,600
Texas 17,050 1.47 0.94 $32.03 $66,630
Florida 13,590 1.71 1.09 $27.66 $57,520
Ohio 11,250 2.13 1.36 $28.32 $58,900
Pennsylvania 10,060 1.76 1.12 $30.43 $63,290



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)
Delaware 1,080 2.49 1.58 $33.11 $68,860
Virginia 8,840 2.40 1.53 $32.16 $66,890
Montana 990 2.21 1.41 $25.75 $53,560
Ohio 11,250 2.13 1.36 $28.32 $58,900
Oregon 3,480 2.01 1.28 $29.15 $60,630



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 380 1.18 0.75 $42.49 $88,380
District of Columbia 410 0.61 0.39 $38.12 $79,290
Connecticut 2,230 1.35 0.86 $36.50 $75,930
New York 9,550 1.06 0.68 $36.15 $75,180
New Jersey 4,910 1.26 0.80 $35.65 $74,150




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,920 0.91 0.58 $40.20 $83,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,090 1.74 1.11 $36.19 $75,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,050 1.23 0.78 $31.81 $66,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,020 2.08 1.33 $35.30 $73,420
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,390 1.23 0.78 $34.10 $70,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,900 2.08 1.33 $31.48 $65,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,730 1.50 0.96 $30.01 $62,420
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,540 1.52 0.97 $31.89 $66,330
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,230 2.10 1.34 $35.96 $74,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,060 1.63 1.04 $30.69 $63,840