Average Cost Estimator Salary

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The average salary for a Cost Estimator is $54,505.
MEDIAN $54,505
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$35k - $82k

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Job Description for Cost Estimator

Cost Estimator Tasks
  • 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.
  • 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Cost Estimator

The top respondents for the job title Cost Estimator are from the companies The Boeing Company, Fluor Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Reported salaries are highest at Ford Motor Company where the average pay is $109,758. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Fluor Corporation, earning around $87,500. Booz, Allen, and Hamilton pays the lowest at around $62,771. The Boeing Company also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $75,000.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Cost Estimator

Skills in Microsoft Excel, Construction Estimating and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Cost Estimator

An entry-level Cost Estimator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,934 based on 329 salaries. An early career Cost Estimator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,831 based on 744 salaries. A mid-career Cost Estimator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,383 based on 377 salaries. An experienced Cost Estimator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,424 based on 336 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $61,689.
Employees with Cost Estimator in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 43.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Detroit, Michigan (28.4% more) and Seattle, Washington (20.4% more).

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