Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
211,600 0.8 % $33.52 $69,710 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.30 $23.97 $30.79 $40.38 $51.90
Annual Wage (2) $38,060 $49,850 $64,040 $84,000 $107,940


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 29,870 1.40 $34.94 $72,680
Nonresidential Building Construction 21,660 2.68 $38.06 $79,170
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,780 1.95 $32.77 $68,170
Building Finishing Contractors 16,540 2.03 $33.27 $69,200
Residential Building Construction 15,750 2.02 $32.23 $67,040

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 2.68 $38.06 $79,170
Building Finishing Contractors 16,540 2.03 $33.27 $69,200
Residential Building Construction 15,750 2.02 $32.23 $67,040
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,780 1.95 $32.77 $68,170
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,810 1.72 $32.81 $68,240

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 $50.02 $104,040
Telecommunications 410 0.05 $42.51 $88,430
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,720 0.35 $42.22 $87,820
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 580 0.15 $40.50 $84,240
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 90 0.03 $40.46 $84,150


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 28,660 1.69 1.15 $37.59 $78,190
Texas 17,240 1.42 0.97 $35.55 $73,950
Florida 13,220 1.54 1.05 $29.99 $62,370
Ohio 10,200 1.88 1.29 $31.11 $64,700
New York 10,150 1.08 0.74 $36.41 $75,730




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 9,220 2.41 1.65 $35.66 $74,160
Montana 1,070 2.31 1.58 $28.35 $58,960
Delaware 970 2.16 1.48 $33.03 $68,690
Colorado 5,520 2.10 1.44 $35.15 $73,110
South Dakota 850 2.02 1.38 $26.38 $54,860




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 400 0.56 0.38 $45.14 $93,880
Alaska 260 0.82 0.56 $40.12 $83,450
Hawaii 940 1.47 1.00 $39.61 $82,390
California 28,660 1.69 1.15 $37.59 $78,190
Massachusetts 6,030 1.69 1.15 $37.34 $77,670





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 10,410 1.10 0.75 $38.28 $79,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,870 1.45 0.99 $35.79 $74,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,340 1.50 1.02 $35.44 $73,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,180 1.65 1.13 $38.49 $80,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,050 1.69 1.16 $38.09 $79,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 4,720 1.95 1.33 $46.28 $96,260
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,650 1.69 1.15 $37.90 $78,840
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,560 0.98 0.67 $33.34 $69,350
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,100 1.44 0.99 $36.16 $75,200
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,570 1.80 1.23 $39.46 $82,090