Civil Engineer Salary

Civil engineers hold about 292,000 jobs, making this one of the largest segments of the engineering community. Nearly 70% of civil engineers are employed in the private sector. States that employ the largest number of civil engineers per capita include Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington and Wisconsin. Average civil engineer salary is highest in California, D.C., Delaware, Louisiana and Nevada.

Civil Engineer Salaries

Civil engineer salary range for the middle 50% is between $57,330 and $90,160. Civil engineer salaries for the lowest 10% are less than $45,780. Civil engineer salaries for the highest 10% are more than $110,890.

Civil engineer salary in the private sector is an average of 8% higher than in government/public institutions.

Civil engineer starting salary for BS degrees averages $49,540. New MS graduates have an average starting salary of $59,880; and new PhDs have an average starting salary of $65,470. The number of employers seeking advanced civil engineering degrees has accelerated in the past 5 years, and is projected to exceed 50% through 2015. On average, advanced degrees add over 21% to civil engineer salary, and this percentage will increase as demand continues to grow.

Civil Engineering Employment Outlook

Civil engineer employment is projected to grow by nearly 20% through 2016 – faster than average for all occupations. Driven by population growth, more civil engineers will be needed to design and manage construction of new, expanded and revitalized infrastructure. Concentrations will include roads, bridges and related transit facilities - in addition to public utility and energy delivery complexes.

Geographically, the western and southern U.S. regions will see a heavier emphasis on creation of new infrastructure as necessitated by population shift, while the northeast and midwest regions will focus more on rehabilitation of aged infrastructure. Environmental management will lift demand for civil engineers - particularly in more densely populated regions. Outgrowth of both private and government sponsored renewable and sustainable energy programs will generate significant upward demand for civil engineers across all U.S. regions.

Long-term job stability for civil engineers is projected to be much more favorable than their counterparts in other engineering disciplines, as the nature of their work is far less conducive to outsourcing.

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