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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
210,000 0.9 % $34.31 $71,350 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.93 $24.66 $31.37 $41.38 $53.53
Annual Wage (2) $39,380 $51,300 $65,250 $86,080 $111,350


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 30,210 1.36 $35.74 $74,330
Nonresidential Building Construction 21,660 2.60 $38.77 $80,650
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,840 1.91 $33.72 $70,140
Building Finishing Contractors 16,270 1.94 $33.34 $69,350
Residential Building Construction 14,680 1.81 $32.37 $67,340

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 21,660 2.60 $38.77 $80,650
Building Finishing Contractors 16,270 1.94 $33.34 $69,350
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,840 1.91 $33.72 $70,140
Residential Building Construction 14,680 1.81 $32.37 $67,340
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 5,670 1.61 $39.98 $83,150

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 0.03 $46.15 $95,990
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 580 0.15 $43.13 $89,720
Telecommunications 350 0.05 $42.83 $89,090
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,820 0.35 $42.62 $88,660
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 90 0.03 $42.19 $87,750


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 27,130 1.56 1.09 $38.27 $79,610
Texas 17,380 1.40 0.98 $36.18 $75,250
Florida 13,190 1.50 1.05 $30.77 $64,000
New York 9,940 1.04 0.73 $37.56 $78,120
Ohio 8,980 1.65 1.15 $32.22 $67,030




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)
Virginia 8,720 2.25 1.57 $35.68 $74,210
Montana 1,040 2.22 1.55 $28.40 $59,070
Delaware 950 2.11 1.48 $33.90 $70,500
Colorado 5,580 2.08 1.46 $35.88 $74,630
South Dakota 870 2.05 1.44 $27.72 $57,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 350 0.48 0.33 $43.87 $91,240
Alaska 250 0.79 0.55 $41.08 $85,450
Hawaii 850 1.33 0.93 $40.92 $85,120
Massachusetts 5,970 1.65 1.15 $39.07 $81,270
Connecticut 1,880 1.13 0.79 $38.36 $79,780





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,390 1.08 0.75 $39.20 $81,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,320 1.33 0.93 $36.17 $75,230
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,870 1.60 1.12 $36.57 $76,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,790 1.51 1.05 $40.23 $83,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,560 0.97 0.68 $35.54 $73,920
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,530 1.62 1.13 $39.63 $82,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,520 1.48 1.04 $39.37 $81,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,150 1.44 1.01 $37.47 $77,950
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,020 1.63 1.14 $47.58 $98,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,620 1.71 1.19 $32.96 $68,560