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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Cost Estimators
Industry profile for Cost Estimators
Geographic profile for Cost Estimators

National estimates for Cost Estimators: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Cost Estimators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
199,360 1.0 % $ 35.08 $ 72,960 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Cost Estimators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 19.41 $ 24.99 $ 32.03 $ 42.53 $ 54.98
Annual Wage (2) $ 40,380 $ 51,980 $ 66,610 $ 88,460 $ 114,360


Industry profile for Cost Estimators: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Cost Estimators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 28,380 1.30 $ 36.92 $ 76,800
Nonresidential Building Construction 20,520 2.54 $ 39.66 $ 82,480
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,450 1.89 $ 34.77 $ 72,320
Building Finishing Contractors 15,990 1.99 $ 33.82 $ 70,340
Residential Building Construction 14,480 1.81 $ 33.25 $ 69,160

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Cost Estimators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 20,520 2.54 $ 39.66 $ 82,480
Building Finishing Contractors 15,990 1.99 $ 33.82 $ 70,340
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,450 1.89 $ 34.77 $ 72,320
Residential Building Construction 14,480 1.81 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 5,570 1.56 $ 40.99 $ 85,260

Top paying industries for Cost Estimators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 900 0.84 $ 45.31 $ 94,250
Software Publishers 60 0.01 $ 44.46 $ 92,480
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 70 0.09 $ 44.41 $ 92,370
Waste Treatment and Disposal 60 0.06 $ 44.34 $ 92,230
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 60 0.01 $ 43.56 $ 90,610


Geographic profile for Cost Estimators: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Cost Estimators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 25,330 1.54 1.08 $ 39.98 $ 83,150
Texas 16,500 1.36 0.95 $ 35.17 $ 73,150
Florida 12,940 1.53 1.07 $ 31.42 $ 65,350
New York 8,640 0.99 0.69 $ 38.44 $ 79,950
Virginia 8,290 2.24 1.56 $ 35.77 $ 74,400




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cost Estimators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 8,290 2.24 1.56 $ 35.77 $ 74,400
Montana 1,010 2.21 1.54 $ 28.14 $ 58,540
South Dakota 890 2.16 1.50 $ 28.90 $ 60,100
Delaware 910 2.12 1.48 $ 33.56 $ 69,800
Colorado 5,430 2.11 1.47 $ 35.48 $ 73,790




Top paying states for Cost Estimators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 420 0.61 0.43 $ 50.41 $ 104,840
Massachusetts 5,320 1.59 1.11 $ 43.73 $ 90,950
Hawaii 690 1.20 0.83 $ 40.57 $ 84,380
California 25,330 1.54 1.08 $ 39.98 $ 83,150
Alaska 250 0.84 0.59 $ 39.64 $ 82,450





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Cost Estimators:

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 9,060 1.03 0.72 $ 39.73 $ 82,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,580 1.30 0.91 $ 39.48 $ 82,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,530 1.54 1.07 $ 35.37 $ 73,570
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,660 1.57 1.10 $ 37.65 $ 78,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,540 1.50 1.05 $ 41.11 $ 85,520
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,290 0.98 0.69 $ 36.45 $ 75,820
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,180 1.61 1.12 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,080 1.51 1.06 $ 38.21 $ 79,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,770 1.79 1.25 $ 35.28 $ 73,390
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,670 1.88 1.31 $ 40.07 $ 83,350




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Cost Estimators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Greeley, CO 380 3.62 2.53 $ 30.86 $ 64,180
Wausau, WI 230 3.31 2.31 $ 29.62 $ 61,600
Harrisonburg, VA 200 3.19 2.22 $ 32.17 $ 66,920
Bend-Redmond, OR 250 3.12 2.17 $ 29.88 $ 62,160
Lynchburg, VA 300 3.11 2.17 $ 26.92 $ 56,000
St. George, UT 210 3.08 2.15 $ 29.02 $ 60,360
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,160 3.00 2.09 $ 36.10 $ 75,080
Rapid City, SD 190 2.97 2.07 $ 30.61 $ 63,660
Manhattan, KS 110 2.92 2.04 $ 34.57 $ 71,910
Billings, MT 240 2.89 2.01 $ 31.08 $ 64,660