Houston Cost Engineers take home an average $83K annually. Cost Engineers in Houston who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$59,598 - $151,006
(Median)
$60K
$83K
$150K
MEDIAN: $83,399
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MEDIAN: $53.00
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Local Salary Data (?
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Salary
$59,598 - $151,006  
   
Bonus
$3,052  
Total Pay (?
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$55,750 - $167,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
Local Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$53.00  
   
Overtime
$100.00  
Local Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$3,052  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$55,750 - $167,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Pay by Experience Level for Cost Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Cost Engineers in Houston, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $80K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $82K. Houston Cost Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $135K.

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Experience Affects Cost Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$85,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Cost Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

National Average
$85,000

Cost Accounting
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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