Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Civil Engineers can expect wages of $55K per year on average. In the world of Entry-Level Civil Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $43K and $72K. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers (83 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,706 - $70,886

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$16.88 - $31.56

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,706 - $70,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,055  
Profit Sharing
$342.55 - $7,231  
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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$42,547 - $72,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,997
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.88 - $31.56  
   
Overtime
$22.47 - $42.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,055  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$342.55 - $7,231  
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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$42,547 - $72,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,232
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer


Many Entry-Level Civil Engineers can be found at URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Aecom Corporation, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. CH2M Hill offers the best pay with a median salary of $69K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $58K and maxing out at just $77K. Black and Veatch, Parsons Corporation, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Civil Engineers earning around $67K, $65K, or $63K at each firm, respectively.

Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is the lowest at Stantec, which has a median salary of $55K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $68K. Workers at Tetra Tech, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $55K, $56K, and $59K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Civil Engineers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+13 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Columbus ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Atlanta and Philadelphia (2 percent lower).

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 Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salaries


Construction Estimating
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Microstation
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Matlab
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Autocad 2000i
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National Average
$56,000

AutoCAD
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Microsoft Word
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 828 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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