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With a median salary of $58,860 per year, cost estimators wade at the deeper end of the construction-work earning pool. However, they are employed in nearly any industry that offers goods and services. The best-paid earned an impressive $96,670 in 2012, while the lowest earners took home $34,520. Industries that compensate cost estimators the best include oil and gas extraction and wireless telecommunication carriers. The profession's highest-paid reside in the metropolitan areas of Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco and Taunton, Mass.

Job Salary Year
2004 $56,050.00
2006 $58,950.00
2008 $62,670.00
2010 $63,980.00
2012 $63,080.00

Average Cost Estimator Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

Cost estimators are top-tier earners in the construction field. Taking in an average annual wage of $63,080 each year, they earn more than carpenters, who rake in an average wage of $44,520 annually. Similarly, construction workers, painters, plumbers and electricians also make less than cost estimators, with take-home pays of $34,490, $38,590, $52,950 and $53,030, respectively.
 

Job Name Salary
Cost Estimator $58,860.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Plumber $49,140.00
Carpenter $39,940.00
Painter $35,190.00
Construction Worker $29,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Cost Estimators

The highest paid in the cost estimator profession work in the metropolitan areas of Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, and Taunton, Mass. The New York City area also pays well, as does the city of Manchester, N.H.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Average Salary: $90,160 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a cost estimator working in Santa Barbara, Calif. is $90,160, which is $31,300 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $82,820 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a cost estimator working in San Francisco is $82,820, which is $23,960 more than the average pay in the profession.

Taunton, Mass.

Average Salary: $81,580 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a cost estimator working in Taunton, Mass. is $81,580, which is $22,720 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $81,400 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a cost estimator working in New York City is $81,400, which is $22,540 more than the average pay in the profession.

Manchester, N.H.

Average Salary: $80,030 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a cost estimator working in Manchester, N.H. is $80,030, which is $21,170 more than the average pay in the profession.

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Last updated by Stephanie Steinberg.


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