Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Civil Engineers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,652 - $70,912
(Median)
$44K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,343
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$16.75 - $31.61
(Median)
$17
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,652 - $70,912  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,066  
Profit Sharing
$310.94 - $7,317  
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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$42,488 - $72,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,956
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $31.61  
   
Overtime
$22.38 - $43.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,066  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$310.94 - $7,317  
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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$42,488 - $72,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,227
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Although CH2M Hill offers the highest salaries (median pay is $70K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $58K to $77K. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Parsons Corporation ($66K), Aecom Technology Group, Inc. ($63K), and Turner Construction Company ($63K).

Employees at Stantec take home the smallest paychecks, and $55K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $46K and quickly nearing the top at only $68K. Also approaching the lower end are Tetra Tech, Inc. at $56K, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. at $56K, and HDR, Inc. at $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Civil Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+13 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (2 percent lower) and Boston (1 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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Microstation
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Matlab
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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National Average
$56,000

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Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 856 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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