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Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

The Golden State offers the largest salaries to Entry-Level Civil Engineers; the three top-paying cities in the field are San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Civil Engineers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $71K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Most Entry-Level Civil Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$43,246 - $70,192
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MEDIAN: $54,882
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$16.12 - $31.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$43,246 - $70,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,031  
Profit Sharing
$383.06 - $7,154  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,933 - $71,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,703
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.12 - $31.37  
   
Overtime
$22.19 - $41.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,031  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$383.06 - $7,154  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,933 - $71,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,157
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer


Entry-Level Civil Engineers flock to URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Aecom Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although the highest salaries can be found at CH2M Hill where median pay is $68K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $56K and $77K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Parsons Corporation at $66K, Hatch, Mott, Macdonald at $63K, and Turner Construction Company, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers annually earn $63K.

Tetra Tech, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and HDR, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($56K, $56K, and $57K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Civil Engineers, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles are known as the cities with the best salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (2 percent lower) and Atlanta (1 percent lower).

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salaries


Construction Estimating
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Microstation
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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National Average
$55,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Autocad Civil 3D
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AutoDesk
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Autocad 2000i
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1126 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%