Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
202,600 0.8 % $30.61 $63,660 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.48 $21.50 $28.59 $37.62 $47.18
Annual Wage (2) $34,280 $44,710 $59,460 $78,250 $98,140


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 33,460 1.94 $31.56 $65,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 20,230 3.04 $33.89 $70,490
Building Finishing Contractors 16,700 2.54 $28.99 $60,300
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,470 2.31 $29.82 $62,020
Residential Building Construction 14,560 2.44 $29.25 $60,850

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 20,230 3.04 $33.89 $70,490
Building Finishing Contractors 16,700 2.54 $28.99 $60,300
Residential Building Construction 14,560 2.44 $29.25 $60,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 16,470 2.31 $29.82 $62,020
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,200 2.02 $30.07 $62,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.02 $47.09 $97,960
Natural Gas Distribution 760 0.70 $44.25 $92,030
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 30 0.02 $42.67 $88,750
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 360 0.06 $41.69 $86,720
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 50 0.55 $40.08 $83,360


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 25,080 1.70 1.12 $32.98 $68,600
Texas 14,600 1.34 0.88 $31.38 $65,270
Florida 11,340 1.52 1.00 $27.79 $57,810
Pennsylvania 10,570 1.88 1.23 $29.38 $61,120
New York 10,550 1.22 0.80 $35.27 $73,370




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 1,070 2.60 1.70 $31.81 $66,170
Colorado 5,120 2.23 1.46 $29.10 $60,530
Oregon 3,640 2.22 1.45 $29.50 $61,350
Virginia 8,040 2.21 1.45 $30.69 $63,830
Montana 940 2.14 1.40 $26.25 $54,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 340 1.05 0.69 $39.47 $82,110
New Jersey 4,440 1.16 0.76 $36.62 $76,170
Hawaii 910 1.52 0.99 $35.97 $74,830
New York 10,550 1.22 0.80 $35.27 $73,370
Massachusetts 4,960 1.52 1.00 $35.15 $73,120





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 5,120 0.98 0.64 $39.92 $83,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,830 1.22 0.80 $32.27 $67,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,380 1.59 1.04 $33.47 $69,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,360 1.84 1.21 $35.03 $72,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,970 1.07 0.70 $33.60 $69,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,580 1.94 1.27 $31.16 $64,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,530 1.53 1.00 $30.54 $63,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,360 1.89 1.24 $31.64 $65,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,990 1.39 0.91 $32.58 $67,770
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,950 2.30 1.51 $30.49 $63,420