Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
195,230 0.8 % $30.33 $63,080 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.60 $21.46 $28.30 $37.08 $46.48
Annual Wage (2) $34,520 $44,630 $58,860 $77,130 $96,670


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 31,420 1.89 $31.23 $64,950
Nonresidential Building Construction 19,240 2.94 $33.62 $69,930
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,850 2.30 $29.92 $62,230
Building Finishing Contractors 15,840 2.53 $28.17 $58,600
Residential Building Construction 12,500 2.19 $28.98 $60,280

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 19,240 2.94 $33.62 $69,930
Building Finishing Contractors 15,840 2.53 $28.17 $58,600
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 15,850 2.30 $29.92 $62,230
Residential Building Construction 12,500 2.19 $28.98 $60,280
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 10,860 2.00 $29.78 $61,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 30 0.02 $44.83 $93,240
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 40 0.02 $42.04 $87,440
Freight Transportation Arrangement 100 0.05 $41.21 $85,720
Natural Gas Distribution 780 0.73 $40.12 $83,450
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 800 0.05 $39.20 $81,530


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 22,550 1.58 1.05 $33.28 $69,220
Texas 13,730 1.30 0.87 $31.38 $65,270
New York 10,760 1.26 0.84 $34.32 $71,390
Pennsylvania 10,590 1.89 1.26 $29.07 $60,460
Florida 10,380 1.43 0.95 $27.68 $57,570




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)
Delaware 970 2.40 1.60 $30.56 $63,570
Colorado 4,690 2.11 1.41 $29.53 $61,420
Virginia 7,550 2.10 1.40 $30.57 $63,580
Montana 900 2.07 1.38 $26.88 $55,910
Oregon 3,280 2.04 1.36 $30.65 $63,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 340 1.08 0.72 $38.75 $80,610
New Jersey 4,040 1.07 0.71 $35.81 $74,480
Massachusetts 4,930 1.54 1.03 $35.02 $72,850
Connecticut 1,920 1.19 0.79 $34.80 $72,380
New York 10,760 1.26 0.84 $34.32 $71,390





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 5,000 0.97 0.65 $39.14 $81,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,310 1.11 0.74 $31.78 $66,110
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,050 1.53 1.02 $33.40 $69,480
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,880 1.66 1.10 $34.58 $71,920
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,850 1.06 0.70 $32.84 $68,300
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,680 2.02 1.35 $31.60 $65,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,200 1.85 1.23 $31.47 $65,450
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,150 1.39 0.93 $28.85 $60,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,020 1.44 0.96 $32.06 $66,680
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,820 2.00 1.33 $33.92 $70,550