Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

An average Entry-Level Civil Engineer can expect to take home roughly $58K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Civil Engineers varies from $45K to $76K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$45,993 - $74,265
$46K
$58K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,482
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$18.23 - $33.20
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MEDIAN: $25.84
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$0$76K
Salary $45,993 - $74,265
Bonus $203.22 - $6,283
Profit Sharing $25.76 - $6,186
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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$45,074 - $76,127
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,614
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $18.23 - $33.20
Overtime $23.70 - $45.95
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $203.22 - $6,283
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $25.76 - $6,186
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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$45,074 - $76,127
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,172

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Civil Engineers include Aecom Corporation, Parsons Corporation, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and CH2M Hill. Although salaries only range from $56K to just $81K, Black and Veatch still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $71K. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Parsons Brinkerhoff ($67K), Parsons Corporation ($66K), and CH2M Hill ($65K).

Pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is the lowest at Aecom Corporation, which has a median salary of $60K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $71K. Employees at Arcadis, Inc., HDR, Inc., and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $60K, $61K, and $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,969

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Entry-Level Civil Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+13 percent), Washington (+13 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

Civil Engineer Advice

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

Civil Engineer in Panama City:
"Leading florida engineering group."
Plan to work 45+ week, 40 for work, 5 to learn.

Civil Engineer in Albany:
"Learn a trade!"
Honestly, I don't know! Likely advice for the Upstate NY area would be to move to a more "hopping" area while you are young. If you are looking for advice prior to college: Learn a trade, join a union, save your money (don't waste it early on!), no credit cards. By the time your four years are up as an apprentice (you are, of course, getting paid during that time as well) you will be making as much as I am and you won't be starting with over $1,000 per month in student loans that will last into your 40's. I hope this helps!

Civil Engineer in Salt Lake City:
"That it was tedious and boring."
Study hard while in school and do very well in classes.

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:
"Definition of Environmental Engineering."
A Lot of envirnmental engineering jobs are traditional water management, such as potable water/ purification or waste water management. Research the industry in more depth before commiting to a major or specialization in an industry.

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.

Key Stats for Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 615 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
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Skills That Affect Civil Engineer Salaries


▲2%





Microsoft Office
▼0%




National Average
$59,000

autodesk autocad
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Microstation
▼1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼1%

AutoDesk
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 615 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 9%
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