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Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary (United States)

Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is typically around $55K annually. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Civil Engineers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $71K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers — 84 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to 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 (?
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  
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,143
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer

URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Aecom Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Civil Engineers. CH2M Hill offers the best pay with a median salary of $69K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $56K and maxing out at just $76K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Turner Construction Company, HNTB Corporation, and Aecom Corporation, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers typically earn around $63K, $61K, or $60K, respectively.
HDR, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $56K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $69K and scope of pay is rather limited. Employees at Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $56K, $57K, and $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Entry-Level Civil Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Sacramento, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers typically earn around 12 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more than usual. Falling short of the national average by 3 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (2 percent lower) and Boston (1 percent lower).
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1248 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
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Common Health Benefits

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