Cost Estimator Salary

A Cost Estimator earns an average salary of $52,781 per year.
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$37,753 - $83,536
$38K
$53K
$84K
MEDIAN: $52,801
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50%
90%

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$13.16 - $27.67
$13
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.76
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$37,753 - $83,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,853  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
Commission
$2,013 - $29,799  
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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$33,693 - $79,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 589
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $27.67  
   
Overtime
$18.49 - $40.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,853  
   
Commission
$2,013 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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).
)
$33,693 - $79,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 246

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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

Pay by Experience for a Cost Estimator has a positive trend. An entry-level Cost Estimator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 435 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cost Estimator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Cost Estimator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 185 salaries. A Cost Estimator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 96 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,012

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Key Stats for Cost Estimator

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Cost Estimator Salaries

▲17%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$51,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Cost Estimator Salaries






Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$51,000



▼3%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 22%
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