We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Project Engineers to open up shop.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 1,080
Average Annual Salary: $110,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,790
Average Experienced Salary: $157,520
Location Quotient: 1.65
Total Jobs: 25,370
Average Annual Salary: $97,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,160
Average Experienced Salary: $158,490
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 5,110
Average Annual Salary: $90,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,850
Average Experienced Salary: $133,110
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 11,190
Average Annual Salary: $87,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $58,170
Average Experienced Salary: $124,230
Location Quotient: 1.88
Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $90,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,800
Average Experienced Salary: $130,720
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 39,170
Average Annual Salary: $100,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,570
Average Experienced Salary: $141,630
Location Quotient: 1.27
Total Jobs: 1,300
Average Annual Salary: $89,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,180
Average Experienced Salary: $142,110
Location Quotient: 0.81
Total Jobs: 12,520
Average Annual Salary: $84,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,040
Average Experienced Salary: $125,970
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 3,180
Average Annual Salary: $79,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,360
Average Experienced Salary: $118,940
Location Quotient: 1.2
Total Jobs: 1,660
Average Annual Salary: $80,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,760
Average Experienced Salary: $122,110
Location Quotient: 0.75
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:
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