Salary for Civil Engineers

Also known as:  Architectural Engineer, Bridge Engineer, Civil Engineer, Construction Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Highway Engineer, Hydrographic Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Research Hydraulic Engineer helps construction professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Civil engineers working in the private sector play a key role in the design, testing and construction of roadways, irrigation projects, dams, pipelines, power plants, and numerous other structures. They may prepare cost estimates, direct construction crews, provide technical advice to industrial and management personnel, determine load capacities of different materials, test soils and materials for adequacy, determine acceptable stress rates, and work to reduce the risk of material and structural failure. A minimum of a four-year degree is required in this field, although many civil engineers pursue graduate degrees. Additional licensing may be required.

A Civil Engineer will normally receive an average compensation on a scale from 64000 - 96000 depending on the level of education. Civil Engineers can get an average salary of Eighty Three Thousand Five Hundred dollars per annum.

Civil Engineers can receive the best pay in the District of Columbia, where they receive an average salary rate of near $93790. People working these jobs have the best average pay in Wholesale Trade, where they can get pay of $95710.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 24.73 percent nationwide in that time.
Civil Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $95,710
Wholesale Trade $86,470
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $84,960
Construction $84,300
Transportation and Warehousing $84,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises $84,000
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Finance and Insurance $66,380
Educational Services $67,850
Accommodation and Food Services $70,650
Health Care and Social Assistance $73,040
Manufacturing $75,350
Information $77,420