Cost Estimator Salary (United States)

A Cost Estimator earns an average salary of $51,213 per year. A skill in Financial Analysis is associated with high pay for this job.
Cost Estimator Total Pay (?
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$35,888 - $82,816
(Median)
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51K
65K
83K
MEDIAN: $51,212
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Cost Estimator Total Pay (?
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$12.76 - $29.55
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,888 - $82,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,959  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,681  
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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$32,340 - $81,542  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $29.55  
   
Overtime
$17.87 - $41.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,766  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,681  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,959  
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).
)
$32,340 - $81,542  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,137
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Job Description for Cost Estimator

Whether the final product is a skyscraper or a tube of toothpaste, most companies need a professional to estimate the production costs for their products. A cost estimator predicts manufacturing price of a product using their analytical and technical skills. Their typical day includes analyzing labor, material, and time requirements for manufacturing proposals or construction blueprints to calculate the costs of production; they may also occasionally visit the site of production. As they are tasked with preparing cost estimates to ensure a projected project can be successfully and efficiently completed, they create cost-estimate reports and often make presentations to other members of the production team. Additionally, a cost estimator normally work alongside other professionals such as designers, architects, contractors, construction managers, and engineers.
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Cost Estimator Tasks
  • Make new cost estimates as project progresses, and discuss changes with engineers, contractors, and clients.
  • Conduct research to determine needs for personnel, machinery, materials, and other factors which affect costs.
  • Produce cost estimates for a project based on project plans and discussions with clients and engineers.
  • Analyze current processes, personnel, and materials to identify methods for reducing costs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cost Estimator

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

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Seattle
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Washington
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San Diego
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Chicago
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New York
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National Average
$50,000
Atlanta
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Fort Worth
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Milwaukee
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Akron
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Nashville
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Experience Affects Cost Estimator Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Cost Estimator Salaries

Construction Estimating
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Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$50,000
Microsoft Office
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Blueprints
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AutoCAD
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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 19%
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