Entry-Level Civil Engineer Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Civil Engineers is around $55K per year. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Civil Engineers runs from $42K to $72K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Entry-Level Civil Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Most Entry-Level Civil Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$43,629 - $70,968
(Median)
$44K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,345
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$16.66 - $31.57
(Median)
$17
$24
$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
$43,629 - $70,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,072  
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $7,258  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$42,427 - $72,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,948
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.66 - $31.57  
   
Overtime
$22.36 - $43.18  
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 - $5,072  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $7,258  
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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$42,427 - $72,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,229
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Civil Engineers in this area. Although salaries only range from $58K to just $77K, CH2M Hill still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $70K. Parsons Corporation, Turner Construction Company, and Hatch, Mott, Macdonald also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Civil Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $66K, $63K, and $61K, respectively.

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. Employees at Tetra Tech, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and HDR, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $56K, $56K, and $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Civil Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+13 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less).

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


Construction Estimating
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Microstation
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 875 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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