Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Civil Engineers take home approximately $56K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Civil Engineers varies from around $43K to approximately $73K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $7K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Entry-Level Civil Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,284 - $71,199
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,995
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$17.32 - $31.77
(Median)
$17
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$44,284 - $71,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,097  
Profit Sharing
$252.83 - $6,878  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$43,143 - $72,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,720
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.32 - $31.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.00  
Overtime
$23.17 - $43.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,097  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$252.83 - $6,878  
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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$43,143 - $72,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,392
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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Civil Engineers, URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Salary cannot be beat at CH2M Hill, where median pay comes to $68K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $59K, and the higher end is not far away at $97K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Black and Veatch, Parsons Corporation, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc., where earnings of $68K, $64K, or $63K are standard for Entry-Level Civil Engineers.

Entry-Level Civil Engineers will find the worst pay at Stantec, where the median salary crawls in at $55K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $68K, leaving little room for growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Tetra Tech, Inc. ($55K), HNTB Corporation ($59K), and URS Corporation Inc. ($59K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,443

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Civil Engineers that is 22 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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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Construction Estimating
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InRoads
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Engineering Design
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Project
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Microstation
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Microsoft Office
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Microsoft Word
0%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$56,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoDesk
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 812 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Common Health Benefits

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