Occupational Employment Statistics


13-1051 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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 25038$26.74/hr$19.67/hr$21.38/hr$24.10/hr$30.27/hr$38.90/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining10$22.14/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities510$28.34/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services250$36.61/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services440$27.06/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 50$30.53/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$34.11/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 90$30.78/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 110$29.55/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 140$30.41/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 150$28.64/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 160$28.64/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 180$31.71/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 200$31.30/hr3.1%
Northeast Minnesota 210$31.06/hr0.5%
Northwest Minnesota 250$24.10/hr17.3%
Southeast Minnesota 260$28.86/hr1.9%
St Cloud MN MSA 260$28.39/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 310$23.68/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 350$31.06/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 620$31.35/hr17.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,840$32.34/hr4.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,180$32.50/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,480$31.12/hr6.6%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Purchasing Managers 2,050$56.89/hr6.8%
Logisticians 3,280$35.22/hr9.6%
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 3,960$29.79/hr10.0%

  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
  • Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Establish and maintain tendering process, and conduct negotiations.
  • Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments, or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments, or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Assess cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops.
  • Review material and labor requirements to decide whether it is more cost-effective to produce or purchase components.
  • Prepare estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors.
  • Collect historical cost data to estimate costs for current or future products.