Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

The average Entry-Level Civil Engineer can expect to rake in roughly $58K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Civil Engineers, overall income ranges from $44K near the bottom to $75K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Civil Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$45,258 - $73,530
$45K
$58K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,041
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$18.01 - $33.03
$18
$26
$33
MEDIAN: $25.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$45,258 - $73,530  
   
Bonus
$200.53 - $6,204  
Profit Sharing
$49.66 - $7,113  
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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$44,330 - $75,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,373
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.01 - $33.03  
   
Overtime
$23.43 - $45.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$200.53 - $6,204  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$49.66 - $7,113  
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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$44,330 - $75,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,111

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Aecom Corporation, Parsons Corporation, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and CH2M Hill are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Employees at Black and Veatch enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $71K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $56K and higher ones not far away at only $81K. Also paying near the top of the field are Parsons Brinkerhoff at $67K, Parsons Corporation at $66K, and CH2M Hill, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers annually earn $65K.

Entry-Level Civil Engineers will find the worst pay at Aecom Corporation, where the median salary crawls in at $60K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $71K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are Arcadis, Inc. at $60K, HDR, Inc. at $61K, and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. at $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,533

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Civil Engineers, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average.

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 505 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Civil Engineer Salaries





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autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Microstation
▼0%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼0%

National Average
$59,000

AutoDesk
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 505 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 9%