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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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 22017$37.27/hr$24.69/hr$29.95/hr$37.28/hr$42.46/hr$51.75/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Construction1,460$40.69/hr
Manufacturing910$35.08/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities320$26.64/hr
InformationN/AN/A
Financial Activities20$44.34/hr
Professional and Business Services320$38.43/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services360$47.61/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 40$38.73/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$36.70/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$37.00/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 90$39.66/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$33.36/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$38.40/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$38.74/hr0.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$38.34/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 130$33.46/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 160$37.04/hr1.4%
St Cloud MN MSA 170$34.80/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 190$31.68/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 190$37.09/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 200$37.12/hr-1.3%
Northwest Minnesota 220$37.28/hr0.6%
Central Minnesota 440$38.03/hr-1.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,210$39.53/hr-0.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,490$39.53/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,410$39.04/hr0.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Purchasing Managers 1,310$68.84/hr4.9%
Logisticians 3,610$39.93/hr29.0%
Civil Engineers 3,500$49.23/hr8.1%
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 3,730$54.94/hr4.0%
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 5,140$30.71/hr0.4%
Industrial Engineers 18,760$49.35/hr11.2%
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 16,860$33.78/hrN/A


  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
  • Prepare cost and expenditure statements and other necessary documentation at regular intervals for the duration of the project.
  • 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.