Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
214,610 0.8 % $32.03 $66,620 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.25 $22.75 $29.71 $38.74 $49.64
Annual Wage (2) $35,870 $47,330 $61,790 $80,570 $103,250


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 33,610 1.69 $33.41 $69,500
Nonresidential Building Construction 23,140 3.05 $35.98 $74,830
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,510 2.19 $31.08 $64,640
Building Finishing Contractors 17,630 2.30 $31.87 $66,290
Residential Building Construction 16,060 2.24 $29.77 $61,930

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 23,140 3.05 $35.98 $74,830
Building Finishing Contractors 17,630 2.30 $31.87 $66,290
Residential Building Construction 16,060 2.24 $29.77 $61,930
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 18,510 2.19 $31.08 $64,640
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 10,990 1.71 $31.00 $64,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 60 0.03 $48.63 $101,160
Scientific Research and Development Services 420 0.06 $42.67 $88,740
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 1,850 0.38 $42.14 $87,650
State Government (OES Designation) 130 0.01 $42.08 $87,530
Support Activities for Mining 230 0.08 $40.87 $85,000


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 26,570 1.66 1.09 $35.62 $74,080
Texas 17,070 1.45 0.95 $33.23 $69,130
Florida 13,240 1.61 1.05 $28.73 $59,760
Ohio 11,180 2.09 1.37 $29.27 $60,880
New York 9,840 1.08 0.71 $35.11 $73,040




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 9,150 2.43 1.59 $33.42 $69,500
Montana 1,050 2.32 1.52 $27.03 $56,220
Delaware 980 2.22 1.45 $33.34 $69,360
Ohio 11,180 2.09 1.37 $29.27 $60,880
Arizona 5,250 1.98 1.30 $31.10 $64,690




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 530 0.75 0.49 $42.45 $88,300
Alaska 320 0.99 0.65 $42.25 $87,880
Connecticut 2,280 1.37 0.89 $36.44 $75,790
Washington 5,900 1.92 1.26 $35.78 $74,430
Massachusetts 5,830 1.69 1.10 $35.67 $74,200





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,280 0.95 0.62 $38.01 $79,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,310 1.81 1.18 $35.99 $74,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,070 1.20 0.79 $31.45 $65,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,060 2.03 1.33 $35.89 $74,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,210 1.16 0.76 $34.20 $71,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,060 2.10 1.37 $31.57 $65,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,850 1.51 0.99 $30.60 $63,650
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,490 1.44 0.94 $32.78 $68,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,320 2.09 1.37 $37.65 $78,310
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,100 1.98 1.30 $36.57 $76,060