Salary for Civil Engineers

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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 find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 can earn average salaries of between $56,160 and $144,810 depending on experience and talent. can get a compensation of ninety-five thousand four hundred and fourty dollars per year.

obtain the highest salaries in California, where they receive an average job salary of close to about $113,200. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they earn an average pay rate of $117,510.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 43.43 percent nationwide in that time.


Civil Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Finance and Insurance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Retail Trade