|Quick Facts: Cost Estimators|
$65,250 per year
$31.37 per hour
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to make a product or provide a service.
Cost estimators work mostly in offices, and some estimators also visit construction sites and factory assembly lines. Most work full time.
Most cost estimators need a bachelor’s degree, although some workers with several years of experience in construction may qualify without a bachelor’s degree.
The median annual wage for cost estimators was $65,250 in May 2019.
Employment of cost estimators is projected to decline 1 percent from 2019 to 2029. Cost estimation software is improving the productivity of these workers, requiring fewer estimators to perform the same amount of work.
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