These Are The 10 Best States For Civil Engineers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Civil 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. Texas
  2. Alaska
  3. Tennessee
  4. Illinois
  5. Louisiana
  6. Mississippi
  7. Virginia
  8. Georgia
  9. Utah
  10. New Mexico

So there you have it — Civil Engineers is the best of the best when it comes to being a civil engineer.

How did Civil Engineers 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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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
  • Higher 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 2016:

  • 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.

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 $104,570 and the average salary in Illinois is $90,030, 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. Texas

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 26,580
Average Annual Salary: $99,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,430
Average Experienced Salary: $161,560
Location Quotient: 1.1

2. Alaska

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,210
Average Annual Salary: $120,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,760
Average Experienced Salary: $182,760
Location Quotient: 1.82

3. Tennessee

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,990
Average Annual Salary: $95,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,360
Average Experienced Salary: $133,650
Location Quotient: 0.84

4. Illinois

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,710
Average Annual Salary: $90,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,650
Average Experienced Salary: $128,510
Location Quotient: 0.89

5. Louisiana

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,170
Average Annual Salary: $94,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,850
Average Experienced Salary: $137,880
Location Quotient: 0.8

6. Mississippi

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,630
Average Annual Salary: $84,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,350
Average Experienced Salary: $128,080
Location Quotient: 0.71

7. Virginia

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,410
Average Annual Salary: $88,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,510
Average Experienced Salary: $139,390
Location Quotient: 1.22

8. Georgia

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,400
Average Annual Salary: $89,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,990
Average Experienced Salary: $145,360
Location Quotient: 1.09

9. Utah

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,250
Average Annual Salary: $81,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,410
Average Experienced Salary: $123,030
Location Quotient: 1.15

10. New Mexico

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,330
Average Annual Salary: $91,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,300
Average Experienced Salary: $144,660
Location Quotient: 0.8

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Civil Engineer

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. New York
  3. Rhode Island

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For civil engineers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Texas $99,810 $55,430 26,580
2 Alaska $120,580 $69,760 1,210
3 Tennessee $95,110 $55,360 4,990
4 Illinois $90,030 $55,650 10,710
5 Louisiana $94,290 $54,850 3,170
6 Mississippi $84,730 $52,350 1,630
7 Virginia $88,710 $54,510 9,410
8 Georgia $89,040 $44,990 9,400
9 Utah $81,260 $51,410 3,250
10 New Mexico $91,700 $53,300 1,330
11 Washington $89,840 $60,470 11,270
12 Delaware $89,720 $58,960 810
13 Kansas $79,520 $54,040 2,130
14 Florida $86,520 $50,990 16,930
15 Missouri $79,920 $53,090 4,420
16 Oklahoma $81,600 $51,340 2,200
17 Pennsylvania $87,600 $53,930 12,490
18 Colorado $88,920 $53,260 8,650
19 Arkansas $80,580 $46,420 1,340
20 North Carolina $81,030 $52,710 7,170
21 Wyoming $75,520 $50,060 810
22 Michigan $76,560 $51,190 7,590
23 Alabama $78,100 $44,950 3,970
24 Nebraska $81,670 $51,450 1,410
25 Indiana $79,000 $50,940 2,890
26 North Dakota $77,870 $50,450 1,200
27 Kentucky $79,500 $44,470 2,730
28 Arizona $81,250 $50,320 4,870
29 South Carolina $78,240 $44,750 5,400
30 Minnesota $84,210 $55,270 4,230
31 Idaho $75,460 $37,930 1,940
32 Iowa $79,370 $48,290 1,970
33 New Jersey $98,930 $55,740 7,450
34 South Dakota $75,260 $51,640 1,110
35 Wisconsin $75,440 $51,380 5,390
36 California $104,570 $63,930 38,440
37 Nevada $86,380 $54,450 1,900
38 Montana $71,960 $46,020 1,590
39 West Virginia $76,020 $42,650 1,390
40 Ohio $78,320 $48,620 7,700
41 Oregon $82,570 $54,580 3,950
42 Maryland $86,370 $53,610 7,610
43 Connecticut $89,300 $58,510 3,280
44 Hawaii $82,140 $54,040 2,150
45 Vermont $74,010 $52,230 740
46 Massachusetts $91,930 $53,090 7,370
47 Maine $78,320 $50,910 1,060
48 Rhode Island $86,130 $55,010 780
49 New York $92,020 $57,490 15,450
50 New Hampshire $78,060 $46,220 1,350
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