For Entry-Level Civil Engineers, yearly average wages total $58K annually. Total incomes of Entry-Level Civil Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $74K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more male Entry-Level Civil Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$45,095 - $72,747
(Median)
$45K
$58K
$73K
MEDIAN: $57,591
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$17.64 - $32.73
(Median)
$18
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$45,095 - $72,747  
   
Bonus
$207.17 - $5,993  
Profit Sharing
$57.95 - $6,887  
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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$44,144 - $74,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $32.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.00  
Overtime
$22.83 - $44.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$207.17 - $5,993  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$57.95 - $6,887  
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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$44,144 - $74,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,079
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Dominating the field, Aecom Corporation, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Hatch, Mott, Macdonald, Parsons Corporation, and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Although salaries only range from $55K to just $81K, Black and Veatch still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $71K. Also paying near the top of the field are Parsons Corporation at $68K, CH2M Hill at $66K, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers annually earn $66K.

Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is the lowest at Stantec, which has a median salary of $56K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $66K. Workers at Tetra Tech, Inc., Aecom Corporation, and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $57K, $60K, and $61K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,020

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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. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), San Diego (+13 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Miami and 2 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Engineering Design
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Autodesk Software
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Construction Estimating
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Bentley InRoad Software Suite
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autodesk autocad
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Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
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Microsoft Excel
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Microstation
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 483 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Common Health Benefits

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