These Are The 10 Best States For Civil Engineers

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

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




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Project Engineers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as civil engineers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since civil engineers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where civil engineers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for civil engineers. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s civil engineers:

  1. Alaska
  2. Texas
  3. Tennessee
  4. Washington
  5. Louisiana
  6. California
  7. New Mexico
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Utah
  10. Mississippi

So there you have it — Alaska is the best of the best when it comes to being a civil engineers.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for civil engineers and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a civil engineer

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 states for civil engineers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well civil 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 state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living from MIT’s living wage index.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for civil engineers in California is $100,980 and the average salary in Illinois is $90,310, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

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

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

1. Alaska

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,080
Average Annual Salary: $110,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,790
Average Experienced Salary: $157,520
Location Quotient: 1.65

2. Texas

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 25,370
Average Annual Salary: $97,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,160
Average Experienced Salary: $158,490
Location Quotient: 1.1

3. Tennessee

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,110
Average Annual Salary: $90,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,850
Average Experienced Salary: $133,110
Location Quotient: 0.91

4. Washington

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,190
Average Annual Salary: $87,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $58,170
Average Experienced Salary: $124,230
Location Quotient: 1.88

5. Louisiana

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $90,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,800
Average Experienced Salary: $130,720
Location Quotient: 0.97

6. California

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 39,170
Average Annual Salary: $100,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,570
Average Experienced Salary: $141,630
Location Quotient: 1.27

7. New Mexico

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,300
Average Annual Salary: $89,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,180
Average Experienced Salary: $142,110
Location Quotient: 0.81

8. Pennsylvania

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,520
Average Annual Salary: $84,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,040
Average Experienced Salary: $125,970
Location Quotient: 1.1

9. Utah

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,180
Average Annual Salary: $79,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,360
Average Experienced Salary: $118,940
Location Quotient: 1.2

10. Mississippi

Best States For Project Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,660
Average Annual Salary: $80,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,760
Average Experienced Salary: $122,110
Location Quotient: 0.75

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a civil engineer these are the states 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 states to be a civil engineer in America:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Maine
  3. Wisconsin

Detailed List Of The Best States For Civil Engineers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Alaska $110,050 $70,790 1,080
2 Texas $97,900 $55,160 25,370
3 Tennessee $90,760 $53,850 5,110
4 Washington $87,750 $58,170 11,190
5 Louisiana $90,610 $53,800 3,740
6 California $100,980 $63,570 39,170
7 New Mexico $89,590 $52,180 1,300
8 Pennsylvania $84,490 $53,040 12,520
9 Utah $79,990 $50,360 3,180
10 Mississippi $80,380 $48,760 1,660
11 Georgia $90,220 $44,960 7,700
12 Illinois $90,310 $53,990 9,970
13 Alabama $77,850 $46,610 3,310
14 South Carolina $78,350 $42,470 6,030
15 Delaware $86,770 $60,760 740
16 Kentucky $75,390 $43,930 2,760
17 South Dakota $72,050 $51,530 1,160
18 New Jersey $95,160 $54,720 7,200
19 Virginia $87,620 $53,540 9,070
20 Colorado $87,510 $52,300 8,140
21 Idaho $74,900 $45,260 1,700
22 Oregon $82,480 $54,210 4,130
23 North Dakota $74,260 $48,090 1,100
24 Ohio $77,550 $48,300 7,150
25 Florida $85,280 $51,060 14,800
26 Missouri $76,550 $51,240 4,010
27 Nebraska $81,030 $50,410 1,310
28 Indiana $76,160 $49,670 2,800
29 Nevada $86,110 $52,300 1,850
30 Wyoming $73,270 $49,590 850
31 Arkansas $77,070 $42,620 1,230
32 Kansas $77,850 $54,190 1,700
33 Rhode Island $84,550 $56,160 760
34 Montana $71,090 $47,430 1,410
35 Minnesota $84,020 $54,430 4,160
36 Arizona $79,480 $49,970 5,210
37 North Carolina $78,350 $52,280 6,730
38 West Virginia $70,390 $42,040 1,410
39 Connecticut $88,200 $58,800 3,690
40 Maryland $85,580 $54,170 6,520
41 Vermont $74,550 $51,310 650
42 Oklahoma $74,480 $38,790 2,370
43 Massachusetts $90,750 $53,950 6,580
44 New York $91,110 $57,070 14,800
45 Hawaii $78,950 $50,950 1,970
46 Michigan $74,050 $50,920 6,020
47 Iowa $77,630 $47,470 1,980
48 Wisconsin $74,660 $49,820 4,730
49 Maine $75,270 $49,510 990
50 New Hampshire $74,000 $44,120 1,180

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