Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Civil Engineers can expect to earn an average of $58K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Civil Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $44K and $75K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $7K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Entry-Level Civil Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$45,244 - $73,469
$45K
$58K
$73K
MEDIAN: $57,843
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50%
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$18.04 - $33.07
$18
$26
$33
MEDIAN: $25.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$45,244 - $73,469  
   
Bonus
$200.98 - $6,136  
Profit Sharing
$58.37 - $7,180  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$44,328 - $75,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $33.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.00  
Overtime
$23.46 - $45.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$200.98 - $6,136  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$58.37 - $7,180  
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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$44,328 - $75,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,155

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Aecom Corporation, Parsons Corporation, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and HDR, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is best at Black and Veatch, which offers a median salary of $71K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $56K to $81K. Entry-Level Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Parsons Brinkerhoff (+$67K), Parsons Corporation (+$67K), and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (+$66K).

Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is the lowest at Aecom Corporation, which has a median salary of $60K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $70K. Arcadis, Inc., HDR, Inc. and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $60K, $61K, and $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,355

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For Entry-Level Civil Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Civil Engineer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Civil Engineer in Richmond:
"Be energetic, innovative, and willing to learn."
Real world job experience is much more valuable than college academics.

Civil Engineer in Fort Worth:
"Use Your Words."
Ask, ask, ask: Ask your questions; people are naturally helpful and want to share their years of experience. Ask for work; don't spend downtime playing fantasy football, you won't learn anything and you won't be asked to return. Ask for help; we're all human.

Civil Engineer in Seattle:
Consider a state DOT sponsored Engineer-In-Training program that allows you the opportunity to try out various assignments in different departments. This helped me decide which area of expertise I wanted to focus on.

Civil Engineer in Anchorage:
"It all leads to management."
Civil engineers are at the center of multi-disciplinary projects. We are often the prime contractor, responsible for ensuring our subcontractors are on track. But even if we aren't, it usually lands to us to ensure consistency among the other disciplines. Surveyors collect real world data of the terrain as it is now. Architects can design their buildings in imaginary air. Mechanical and electrical engineers often stop their design where the conduit leaves the building. It's up the civils to bring all these pieces together. We have to put the building onto the terrain in the real world. We have to make sure there's a water/sewer system to connect to. As engineers, we often like to get lost in the technical details. But success in this field is going to depend on one's ability to coordinate with those other disciplines. An engineer who can confidently call and communicate with other professionals is going to go farther than the engineer who just does their own part.

Key Stats for Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 513 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Civil Engineer Salaries



Autodesk Software
▲2%

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autodesk autocad
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

Microstation
▼0%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼0%

National Average
$58,000

AutoDesk
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 513 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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