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Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Civil Engineers can expect wages of $55K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Civil Engineers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (83 percent) of Entry-Level Civil Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Civil Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,512 - $70,755
(Median)
$44K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,196
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$16.98 - $31.63
(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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,512 - $70,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $7,273  
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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$42,377 - $72,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,828
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.98 - $31.63  
   
Overtime
$22.27 - $42.94  
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 - $5,048  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $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).
)
$42,377 - $72,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,213

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Aecom Corporation, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Salary cannot be beat at CH2M Hill, where median pay comes to $70K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $58K, and the higher end is not far away at $77K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Parsons Corporation at $66K, Turner Construction Company at $63K, and Hatch, Mott, Macdonald, where Entry-Level Civil Engineers annually earn $61K.

Employees at Stantec take home the smallest paychecks, and $55K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $46K and quickly nearing the top at only $68K. Workers at Tetra Tech, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and HDR, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $56K, $56K, and $57K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Civil Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+14 percent), San Diego (+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 Atlanta.

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 Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Engineering Design
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Microstation
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Matlab
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Project
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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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 957 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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