Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, four in five of Entry-Level Civil Engineers report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $55,095 annually on average. Location and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers—84 percent to be exact. The majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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  
PayScale
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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Civil Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Aecom Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Salary cannot be beat at CH2M Hill, where median pay comes to $68,532. Salary range is somewhat confined, however, with base pay starting at $56K and ending at $77K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Turner Construction Company at $63,001, HNTB Corporation at $61,466, and Aecom Corporation, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers annually earn $59,670.
Not only do salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $42K to just $69K—but HDR, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $55,536. Also approaching the lower end are Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. at $56,049, Tetra Tech, Inc. at $57,078, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc at $57,911.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Entry-Level Civil Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Sacramento, New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, top-paying markets where Entry-Level Civil Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+12 percent, +9 percent, +8 percent, and +8 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average. Atlanta and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -2 percent and -1 percent, respectively.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salaries

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Gender

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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%
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