Average Cost Analyst Salary

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The average salary for a Cost Analyst is $59,885.
MEDIAN $59,885
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$44k - $91k
$485 - $10k
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$778 - $7k
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$41k - $92k

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Job Description for Cost Analyst

Cost Analyst Tasks
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses, and recommend process improvements and unit changes to reduce costs.
  • Maintain pricing and inventory system data quality.
  • Analyze actual compared to standard costs for ongoing expenses, and identify opportunities and risks.
  • Assist in developing annual operations plan and estimating new product costs, including economic analysis.
The top respondents for the job title Cost Analyst are from the companies Northrop Grumman Corporation, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton and Tecolote Research, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Chevron Corporation where the average pay is $102,244. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Monsanto Company and Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, earning around $73,795 and $72,589, respectively. Tecolote Research, Inc. pays the lowest at around $49,262. L-3 Communications and Whirlpool Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $49,953 and $60,000, respectively.

Career Paths

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Cost Analyst
Senior Financial Analyst
Financial Analyst
Cost Accounting Manager
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Popular Skills for Cost Analyst

Skills in Data Analysis, Financial Analysis and Cost Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Cost Analyst

An entry-level Cost Analyst with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $50,716 based on 88 salaries. An early career Cost Analyst with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,217 based on 501 salaries. A mid-career Cost Analyst with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,561 based on 238 salaries. An experienced Cost Analyst with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,615 based on 146 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $88,973.
Employees with Cost Analyst in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 23.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in St. Louis, Missouri (21.4% more) and Columbus, Ohio (20.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (5.0% less) and Los Angeles, California (0.9% less).

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