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Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

An average Entry-Level Civil Engineer can expect to take home roughly $55K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-Level Civil Engineers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Entry-Level Civil Engineers are male. For the most part, Entry-Level Civil Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$43,567 - $70,553
(Median)
$44K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,190
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$16.78 - $31.65
(Median)
$17
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$43,567 - $70,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
Profit Sharing
$395.48 - $7,162  
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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$42,395 - $71,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,768
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.78 - $31.65  
   
Overtime
$22.18 - $42.33  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$395.48 - $7,162  
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).
)
$42,395 - $71,827  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,194

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer


Entry-Level Civil Engineers fill the offices of leading firms URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Aecom Corporation, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Employees at CH2M Hill enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $69K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $57K and higher ones not far away at only $77K. Other big spenders include Parsons Corporation, Turner Construction Company, and Hatch, Mott, Macdonald, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Civil Engineers see paychecks nearing $66K, $63K, or $63K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Tetra Tech, Inc. ($55K), Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. ($56K), and HDR, Inc. ($57K).

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Civil Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+12 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+9 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Civil Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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

Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Microstation
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Matlab
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National Average
$56,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Windows Operating System General Use
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AutoDesk
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Autocad 2000i
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 989 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%