The 10 Best States For Civil Engineers In 2019

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. Virginia
  3. Illinois
  4. Louisiana
  5. Mississippi
  6. Wyoming
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Tennessee
  9. Alabama
  10. Missouri

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $109,680 and the average salary in Illinois is $94,570, 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: 24,460
Average Annual Salary: $102,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,460
Average Experienced Salary: $166,010
Location Quotient: 0.95

2. Virginia

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,610
Average Annual Salary: $94,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,940
Average Experienced Salary: $144,090
Location Quotient: 1.31

3. Illinois

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,970
Average Annual Salary: $94,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $58,450
Average Experienced Salary: $138,220
Location Quotient: 0.87

4. Louisiana

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,000
Average Annual Salary: $98,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,490
Average Experienced Salary: $141,480
Location Quotient: 0.74

5. Mississippi

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,450
Average Annual Salary: $85,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,330
Average Experienced Salary: $128,380
Location Quotient: 0.61

6. Wyoming

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 850
Average Annual Salary: $85,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,980
Average Experienced Salary: $113,440
Location Quotient: 1.49

7. Oklahoma

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,360
Average Annual Salary: $91,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,940
Average Experienced Salary: $132,560
Location Quotient: 0.7

8. Tennessee

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,490
Average Annual Salary: $93,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,010
Average Experienced Salary: $139,010
Location Quotient: 0.56

9. Alabama

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,370
Average Annual Salary: $84,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,470
Average Experienced Salary: $131,130
Location Quotient: 1.06

10. Missouri

Best States For Civil Engineers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,320
Average Annual Salary: $86,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,350
Average Experienced Salary: $125,510
Location Quotient: 0.9

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. Rhode Island
  2. Vermont
  3. Maine

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 $102,990 $55,460 24,460
2 Virginia $94,780 $56,940 10,610
3 Illinois $94,570 $58,450 10,970
4 Louisiana $98,700 $59,490 3,000
5 Mississippi $85,880 $54,330 1,450
6 Wyoming $85,220 $53,980 850
7 Oklahoma $91,090 $52,940 2,360
8 Tennessee $93,810 $53,010 3,490
9 Alabama $84,320 $48,470 4,370
10 Missouri $86,710 $52,350 5,320
11 Washington $93,120 $62,520 11,440
12 Colorado $93,560 $54,520 10,680
13 Nevada $100,700 $56,890 2,340
14 North Carolina $86,270 $54,590 8,840
15 Arkansas $81,780 $51,620 1,570
16 Nebraska $84,240 $55,470 1,740
17 Michigan $82,240 $52,710 7,270
18 Indiana $82,420 $53,190 3,730
19 Florida $89,480 $50,530 16,750
20 North Dakota $83,460 $54,090 1,340
21 Delaware $91,410 $58,380 840
22 New Mexico $88,840 $52,910 1,430
23 Kentucky $82,840 $48,450 3,380
24 Georgia $81,110 $46,920 9,180
25 Kansas $82,340 $47,850 2,340
26 Minnesota $90,760 $56,160 5,470
27 Pennsylvania $88,740 $54,330 12,530
28 South Carolina $84,660 $48,340 5,900
29 West Virginia $82,210 $45,550 1,510
30 Iowa $83,940 $52,770 1,860
31 Utah $80,690 $51,850 2,910
32 Wisconsin $78,660 $52,750 6,930
33 Idaho $78,280 $44,590 2,070
34 Montana $77,480 $50,580 1,350
35 New Jersey $103,760 $59,070 8,020
36 Arizona $84,770 $54,450 4,540
37 Ohio $82,180 $51,040 8,270
38 California $109,680 $62,080 45,060
39 South Dakota $77,030 $53,340 1,140
40 Oregon $88,270 $57,020 4,080
41 Connecticut $93,630 $59,530 3,630
42 Maryland $86,110 $54,580 8,080
43 New York $102,250 $60,270 16,790
44 Hawaii $86,680 $56,760 2,030
45 Massachusetts $94,210 $54,700 7,760
46 New Hampshire $83,970 $53,090 1,410
47 Maine $82,160 $52,770 1,130
48 Vermont $74,960 $53,370 630
49 Rhode Island $87,220 $38,050 810
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