These Are The 10 Best Cities For Civil Engineers

We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Project Engineers to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago

Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Project Engineers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer project engineers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where project engineers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for project engineers.The result is this list of the best cities project engineers:

  1. Anchorage, AK
  2. Augusta, GA
  3. Jackson, MI
  4. Reading, PA
  5. Idaho Falls, ID
  6. Redding, CA
  7. Fairbanks, AK
  8. Houston, TX
  9. Yuba City, CA
  10. Oakland, CA

So there you have it — Anchorage is the best city when it comes to being a project engineer.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a project engineer? That would be Hagerstown.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for project engineers and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a project engineers?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for project engineers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well project engineers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 360 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 360 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for project engineers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for project engineers.

1. Anchorage, AK

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Total Jobs: 760
Average Annual Salary: $113,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,000
Location Quotient: 2.15

2. Augusta, GA

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Total Jobs: 960
Average Annual Salary: $96,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $60,330
Location Quotient: 2.26

3. Jackson, MI

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Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $89,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,500
Location Quotient: 2.7

4. Reading, PA

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Total Jobs: 520
Average Annual Salary: $98,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,370
Location Quotient: 1.54

5. Idaho Falls, ID

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Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $93,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,470
Location Quotient: 1.41

6. Redding, CA

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Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $102,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $74,870
Location Quotient: 2.2

7. Fairbanks, AK

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Total Jobs: 150
Average Annual Salary: $98,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,370
Location Quotient: 1.99

8. Houston, TX

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Total Jobs: 11,030
Average Annual Salary: $110,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,230
Location Quotient: 1.89

9. Yuba City, CA

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Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $100,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,780
Location Quotient: 2.95

10. Oakland, CA

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Total Jobs: 4,160
Average Annual Salary: $107,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,530
Location Quotient: 1.98

And that’s our list of the best cities for project engineers

If you’re looking to start out your career as a project engineer these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a project engineer in America:

  1. Hagerstown, MD
  2. Nashua, NH
  3. Racine, WI

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Project Engineers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anchorage, AK $113,970 $71,000 760
2 Augusta, GA $96,870 $60,330 960
3 Jackson, MI $89,500 $63,500 320
4 Reading, PA $98,940 $63,370 520
5 Idaho Falls, ID $93,740 $59,470 170
6 Redding, CA $102,140 $74,870 260
7 Fairbanks, AK $98,150 $70,370 150
8 Houston, TX $110,160 $56,230 11,030
9 Yuba City, CA $100,070 $82,780 230
10 Oakland, CA $107,010 $69,530 4,160
11 Beaumont, TX $106,330 $61,130 400
12 Greenville, SC $92,200 $54,020 1,320
13 Baton Rouge, LA $96,470 $58,640 1,010
14 Santa Maria, CA $111,790 $73,220 440
15 San Francisco, CA $107,540 $67,950 3,050
16 Santa Rosa, CA $101,970 $74,460 500
17 Memphis, TN $94,440 $58,160 1,290
18 Chattanooga, TN $94,380 $58,190 480
19 New Orleans, LA $94,660 $57,790 1,340
20 Killeen, TX $91,340 $55,860 380
21 Midland, TX $117,850 $61,550 170
22 Mobile, AL $84,890 $51,180 520
23 Knoxville, TN $93,190 $55,160 750
24 Sacramento, CA $100,200 $63,180 4,660
25 Sioux Falls, SD $83,600 $55,470 290
26 Wilmington, NC $90,780 $62,120 230
27 Longview, TX $100,650 $60,020 170
28 Fresno, CA $97,890 $70,050 850
29 San Jose, CA $107,000 $63,590 2,590
30 Bellingham, WA $86,610 $60,920 250
31 Oxnard, CA $106,510 $76,470 470
32 Springfield, IL $88,360 $60,470 320
33 Decatur, AL $89,170 $55,790 90
34 Dallas, TX $92,420 $58,990 3,810
35 Seattle, WA $86,700 $56,330 5,810
36 Albuquerque, NM $88,340 $54,480 710
37 Pittsburgh, PA $85,710 $54,260 3,400
38 San Rafael, CA $103,450 $81,300 170
39 Nashville, TN $88,920 $50,930 1,760
40 Bakersfield, CA $104,320 $66,520 520
41 Trenton, NJ $95,780 $58,720 1,090
42 Kansas City, MO $81,310 $54,020 1,870
43 Tulsa, OK $81,460 $50,860 1,040
44 Savannah, GA $93,490 $51,580 320
45 Harrisburg, PA $81,850 $54,920 1,250
46 Sheboygan, WI $90,910 $60,220 100
47 Ames, IA $79,070 $53,860 240
48 Tacoma, WA $84,900 $62,960 550
49 Framingham, MA $104,980 $62,620 460
50 Santa Cruz, CA $97,040 $69,190 170
51 Chico, CA $93,690 $65,650 190
52 Bremerton, WA $82,070 $64,850 190
53 Olympia, WA $76,560 $60,760 740
54 Billings, MT $77,980 $50,730 270
55 Anaheim, CA $103,130 $58,960 4,210
56 Austin, TX $81,440 $52,160 2,320
57 Pueblo, CO $91,840 $53,400 350
58 Madera, CA $102,970 $71,860 50
59 San Diego, CA $91,190 $63,310 4,960
60 West Palm Beach, FL $91,960 $55,750 1,130
61 Dayton, OH $83,190 $55,920 450
62 Bismarck, ND $78,500 $47,770 440
63 Columbus, OH $79,630 $51,160 1,810
64 Rapid City, SD $68,820 $51,960 250
65 Tuscaloosa, AL $82,600 $48,440 190
66 Ogden, UT $82,260 $50,190 570
67 Owensboro, KY $82,100 $52,110 50
68 Wilmington, DE $91,120 $62,990 530
69 St. Louis, MO $79,080 $52,900 2,180
70 Wenatchee, WA $79,800 $58,670 110
71 Gulfport, MS $81,920 $53,030 210
72 Chicago, IL $94,060 $55,050 6,660
73 Charleston, WV $73,300 $46,780 470
74 Lake Charles, LA $91,700 $55,440 100
75 Salt Lake City, UT $79,180 $51,050 1,690
76 College Station, TX $90,440 $45,160 290
77 Altoona, PA $75,630 $56,140 220
78 Las Cruces, NM $82,760 $50,840 140
79 Norwich, CT $93,180 $63,750 480
80 Atlanta, GA $93,290 $46,260 5,700
81 Fort Worth, TX $87,210 $55,020 1,230
82 Houma, LA $85,860 $58,490 100
83 Los Angeles, CA $100,780 $60,950 7,270
84 Bay City, MI $82,270 $55,610 60
85 Portland, OR $83,600 $54,660 3,380
86 Warner Robins, GA $93,950 $50,490 100
87 Montgomery County, PA $84,920 $51,680 2,350
88 State College, PA $80,660 $52,840 190
89 Lowell, MA $104,200 $53,710 620
90 Huntsville, AL $80,010 $48,790 370
91 Raleigh, NC $75,730 $52,350 2,610
92 Philadelphia, PA $89,680 $53,130 1,370
93 Texarkana, TX $94,430 $56,050 40
94 Salem, OR $83,700 $56,060 350
95 Fort Collins, CO $101,520 $41,680 610
96 Lafayette, LA $79,210 $54,440 360
97 Denver, CO $88,150 $53,560 5,150
98 Birmingham, AL $81,790 $51,650 570
99 Riverside, CA $98,840 $60,820 2,220
100 Alexandria, LA $91,070 $52,220 70

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