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:
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 youÂre interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 2016:
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.
Total Jobs: 26,580
Average Annual Salary: $99,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,430
Average Experienced Salary: $161,560
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 1,210
Average Annual Salary: $120,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,760
Average Experienced Salary: $182,760
Location Quotient: 1.82
Total Jobs: 4,990
Average Annual Salary: $95,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,360
Average Experienced Salary: $133,650
Location Quotient: 0.84
Total Jobs: 10,710
Average Annual Salary: $90,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,650
Average Experienced Salary: $128,510
Location Quotient: 0.89
Total Jobs: 3,170
Average Annual Salary: $94,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,850
Average Experienced Salary: $137,880
Location Quotient: 0.8
Total Jobs: 1,630
Average Annual Salary: $84,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,350
Average Experienced Salary: $128,080
Location Quotient: 0.71
Total Jobs: 9,410
Average Annual Salary: $88,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,510
Average Experienced Salary: $139,390
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 9,400
Average Annual Salary: $89,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,990
Average Experienced Salary: $145,360
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 3,250
Average Annual Salary: $81,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,410
Average Experienced Salary: $123,030
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 1,330
Average Annual Salary: $91,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,300
Average Experienced Salary: $144,660
Location Quotient: 0.8
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.
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