Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Civil Engineers are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $55,095 annually. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $42,954 on the lower end to $70,005 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5,055 from bonuses and upwards of $7,273 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 84 percent of Entry-Level Civil Engineers are male. For the most part, Entry-Level Civil Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary (?
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$42,954 - $70,005
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MEDIAN: $54,541
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Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary (?
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$16.10 - $31.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$42,954 - $70,005  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,055  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $7,273  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$41,739 - $71,428  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,569
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.10 - $31.46  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $41.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,055  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $7,273  
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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$41,739 - $71,428  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,143
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URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Aecom Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are all popular places to work. Though salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $56K to just $77K—CH2M Hill still offers the highest pay in town with a median paycheck of $68,532. Turner Construction Company, HNTB Corporation, and Aecom Corporation also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $63,001, $61,466, and $59,670, respectively.
Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is the lowest at HDR, Inc., which has a median salary of $55,536. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $69K. Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($56,049, $57,078, and $57,911 respectively).

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Entry-Level Civil Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Sacramento, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Civil Engineers earning around 12 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more than average. Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Boston (-2 percent and -1 percent, respectively).

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salaries

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Gender

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Male
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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