Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
209,130 0.9 % $30.93 $64,340 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.56 $21.70 $28.87 $37.87 $47.77
Annual Wage (2) $34,450 $45,130 $60,050 $78,760 $99,370


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 34,400 1.90 $32.14 $66,840
Nonresidential Building Construction 21,160 3.06 $33.71 $70,110
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,660 2.34 $29.63 $61,630
Building Finishing Contractors 17,130 2.46 $29.90 $62,190
Residential Building Construction 15,540 2.42 $29.24 $60,810

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 21,160 3.06 $33.71 $70,110
Building Finishing Contractors 17,130 2.46 $29.90 $62,190
Residential Building Construction 15,540 2.42 $29.24 $60,810
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 17,660 2.34 $29.63 $61,630
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 11,780 2.00 $30.40 $63,230

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 $50.12 $104,250
Natural Gas Distribution 720 0.66 $46.87 $97,490
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 40 0.03 $46.63 $97,000
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 340 0.06 $42.89 $89,210
Scientific Research and Development Services 450 0.07 $40.09 $83,380


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 25,660 1.70 1.10 $33.48 $69,640
Texas 16,230 1.45 0.93 $31.57 $65,660
Florida 13,270 1.73 1.12 $27.58 $57,360
Ohio 10,110 1.94 1.26 $27.77 $57,760
New York 10,010 1.14 0.73 $35.73 $74,310



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 1,190 2.80 1.81 $32.86 $68,350
Virginia 8,470 2.32 1.50 $31.80 $66,150
Colorado 5,290 2.23 1.44 $30.24 $62,900
Oregon 3,660 2.17 1.40 $28.95 $60,210
Montana 940 2.13 1.38 $25.49 $53,010



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 310 0.97 0.63 $43.22 $89,900
District of Columbia 520 0.77 0.49 $37.46 $77,910
New Jersey 4,570 1.18 0.76 $36.28 $75,460
Connecticut 2,310 1.40 0.91 $35.86 $74,580
New York 10,010 1.14 0.73 $35.73 $74,310




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,820 1.70 1.10 $33.10 $68,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,800 0.89 0.58 $40.68 $84,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,780 1.18 0.76 $32.38 $67,350
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,760 2.00 1.29 $36.27 $75,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,690 1.25 0.81 $33.02 $68,680
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,600 1.51 0.97 $30.33 $63,100
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,410 1.87 1.21 $31.12 $64,730
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,310 1.48 0.96 $32.50 $67,600
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,040 2.05 1.32 $33.64 $69,970
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,030 1.63 1.05 $32.63 $67,870