A job cost sheet is a compilation of the actual costs of a job.
These costs typically include the following:
- Direct materials
- Shipping and handling
- Sales taxes
- Direct labor
- Payroll taxes
- Employee benefits
- Outsourced costs
- Allocated overhead costs
A job cost sheet can be quite complex to create, since it may involve different labor rates for dozens of people, as well as a labor allocation for the payroll taxes and benefits incurred by those people, and overtime, plus potentially hundreds of components that should include the cost of shipping and handling.
Depending upon the format of the job cost sheet, it may also include subtotals of costs for direct materials, direct labor, and allocated overhead.
The job cost sheet is most commonly developed using an electronic spreadsheet, based on a standard template that includes a number of standard items, so that the cost accountant is reminded to include them. More formal software packages are also available that perform this task, and which automatically populate some fields in the compilation.
A job cost sheet is also known as a cost sheet.