Cost Estimators

Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $25.17/hr
Median: $29.88/hr
Experienced: $40.46/hr

Current Employment
651 (2019)

Projected Employment
681 (2030)

Growth for Cost Estimators

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Cost Estimators

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning Contractors649.8%2%
Commercial and Institutional Building Construction629.5%3.9%
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors436.6%2%
Automotive Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance314.7%5.2%
Residential Remodelers274.2%2%

Occupational Skills

  • Collect historical cost data to estimate costs for current or future products
  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments, or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work
  • Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates
  • Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates