Civil Engineer Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $25.71 $40.16 $63.89
Annual Wage $53,470 $83,540 $132,880
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Civil Engineers plan, design, and oversee the construction and maintenance of such major infrastructure projects as highways, airports, dams, power plants, bridges, channels, waste disposal units, railroads, pipelines, irrigation canals, and water and sewage systems. These engineers usually work in offices, but often visit worksites to evaluate the construction process. This profession includes structural, ocean, architectural, geo-technical, and traffic engineers. It does not include hydrologists.

As of May 2016, the mean annual wage for civil engineers is $89,730. The mean hourly wage is $43.14. The number of total employed civil engineers in the United States is 287,800.

The annual compensation for civil engineers for the top five industries that employ these professionals are as follows:

Architectural and engineering services $90,670
State government $82,300
Local government $89,880
Commercial building construction $87,100
Federal government $91,270
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