Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers sits in the ballpark of $56K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Civil Engineers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,284 - $71,199
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,995
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$17.32 - $31.77
(Median)
$17
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$44,284 - $71,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,097  
Profit Sharing
$252.83 - $6,878  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$43,143 - $72,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,720
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.32 - $31.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.00  
Overtime
$23.17 - $43.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,097  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$252.83 - $6,878  
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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$43,143 - $72,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,392
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Civil Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. Employees at CH2M Hill enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $68K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $59K and higher ones not far away at only $97K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Black and Veatch, Parsons Corporation, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc., where Entry-Level Civil Engineers typically earn around $68K, $64K, or $63K, respectively.

Stantec offers the least pay with a median salary of $55K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $68K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Tetra Tech, Inc. ($55K), HNTB Corporation ($59K), and URS Corporation Inc. ($59K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,443

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Civil Engineers, 22 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

Civil Engineer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Civil Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Matlab
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Construction Estimating
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InRoads
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Engineering Design
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Project
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Microstation
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Microsoft Office
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Microsoft Word
0%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$56,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 812 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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