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Civil Engineer Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$68,000
$52,000
$68,000
$89,000
Civil engineers in the United States make an average salary of $68,946 per year or $33.15 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $52,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $89,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, New Jersey, New York, Washington, and Rhode Island provide the highest civil engineer salaries.
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Map of Civil Engineer Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Civil Engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Civil Engineer Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, New Jersey and New York, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for civil engineers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Nebraska, Georgia, and Hawaii.

City
Average Salary
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
$95,857
$96k
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$80,526
$81k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$79,166
$79k
Seattle, WA
Seattle, WA
$78,542
$79k
Boston, MA
Boston, MA
$76,186
$76k
Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA
$75,895
$76k
San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX
$75,793
$76k
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
$75,529
$76k
Portland, OR
Portland, OR
$74,486
$74k
Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
$73,348
$73k

High Paying Civil Engineer Jobs

Average Civil Engineer Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a civil engineer, being employed by a company such as DPR Construction or Walbridge Aldinger would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like HITT Contracting and Rudolph and Sletten also report highly competitive salaries for civil engineers.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Civil Engineer Salary History

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    Average Civil Engineer Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, civil engineer salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that construction, professional, and technology companies tend to offer much higher salaries for civil engineers. For example, civil engineers make a whopping average salary of $72,566 while working for construction companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $67,290 at professional companies and $66,282 at technology companies. But civil engineers may want to avoid working in the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $63,872.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Construction
    Construction
    $72,566
    $73k
    Professional
    Professional
    $67,290
    $67k
    Technology
    Technology
    $66,282
    $66k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $63,872
    $64k

    Civil Engineer Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a civil engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Civil Engineer Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    Blaine, WA
    Blaine, WA
    10/31/2020
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    $70,836
    $70,836
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    Civil 3D Engineer-Land Development
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    Civil 3D Engineer-Land Development
    Auburn, IN
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    10/31/2020
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    $41,740
    $41,740
    10/31/2020
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    Associate Engineer-Civil (PE Required)
    Clay, CA
    Clay, CA
    10/30/2020
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    $123,490
    $123,490
    10/30/2020
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
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    Civil Engineer (Hydraulic)
    Civil Engineer (Hydraulic)
    Civil Engineer (Hydraulic)
    Boston, MA
    Boston, MA
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $85,428
    $85,428
    10/30/2020
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Civil Engineer
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    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $121,316
    $121,316
    10/29/2020
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Civil Engineer
    Civil Engineer
    Civil Engineer
    Sacramento, CA
    Sacramento, CA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $83,615
    $83,615
    10/28/2020
    Civil Engineer
    Civil Engineer
    Tucson, AZ
    Tucson, AZ
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $53,206
    $53,206
    10/28/2020
    Civil Engineer (PE)
    Civil Engineer (PE)
    Raleigh, NC
    Raleigh, NC
    10/28/2020
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    $70,000
    $70,000
    10/28/2020
    Waukesha County
    Waukesha County
    Civil Engineer
    Civil Engineer
    Civil Engineer
    Waukesha, WI
    Waukesha, WI
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $69,077
    $69,077
    10/27/2020
    Immediate Opening-Civil Engineer PE
    Immediate Opening-Civil Engineer PE
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $80,000
    $80,000
    10/27/2020