Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
187,730 0.8 % $30.13 $62,670 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.59 $21.33 $28.10 $36.71 $46.13
Annual Wage (2) $34,510 $44,370 $58,460 $76,360 $95,950


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 30,030 1.84 $31.12 $64,720
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,490 2.84 $33.63 $69,950
Building Finishing Contractors 15,310 2.43 $29.05 $60,430
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,170 2.24 $30.05 $62,500
Residential Building Construction 11,930 2.07 $28.73 $59,750

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 18,490 2.84 $33.63 $69,950
Building Finishing Contractors 15,310 2.43 $29.05 $60,430
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,170 2.24 $30.05 $62,500
Residential Building Construction 11,930 2.07 $28.73 $59,750
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 10,020 1.88 $29.89 $62,170

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) $50.05 $104,100
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 $40.44 $84,120
Lessors of Real Estate 40 0.01 $38.61 $80,310
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 30 0.11 $38.17 $79,390
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 750 0.05 $38.16 $79,360


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 21,760 1.55 1.06 $33.63 $69,950
Texas 12,570 1.22 0.83 $30.58 $63,600
Pennsylvania 10,560 1.90 1.30 $28.93 $60,170
New York 10,350 1.23 0.84 $34.08 $70,880
Florida 10,040 1.40 0.96 $27.51 $57,230




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)
Montana 980 2.29 1.57 $26.06 $54,200
Delaware 840 2.08 1.42 $30.80 $64,060
Virginia 7,110 2.00 1.37 $30.92 $64,310
Colorado 4,270 1.96 1.34 $29.82 $62,020
Utah 2,230 1.91 1.31 $27.43 $57,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 280 0.89 0.60 $38.80 $80,700
Massachusetts 4,660 1.48 1.01 $36.19 $75,270
New Jersey 4,050 1.08 0.73 $34.35 $71,460
New York 10,350 1.23 0.84 $34.08 $70,880
Connecticut 1,920 1.20 0.82 $33.80 $70,310





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,840 0.96 0.65 $38.98 $81,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,150 1.09 0.74 $32.08 $66,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,960 1.10 0.75 $35.22 $73,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,800 1.64 1.12 $33.74 $70,170
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,570 1.40 0.96 $33.93 $70,570
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,500 1.93 1.32 $31.34 $65,190
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,090 1.39 0.95 $27.90 $58,020
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,040 2.39 1.64 $29.90 $62,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,930 1.43 0.98 $30.99 $64,450
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,920 2.10 1.44 $33.77 $70,240