Civil Engineering Designer Salary

For Civil Engineering Designers, hourly average wages total $24.86 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Civil Engineering Designers can bottom out near $41K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Civil Engineering Designers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction for Civil Engineering Designers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,199 - $71,215
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,305
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$17.71 - $32.08
(Median)
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,199 - $71,215  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,637  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$40,907 - $72,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.71 - $32.08  
   
Overtime
$24.52 - $46.17  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,637  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$40,907 - $72,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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Job Description for Civil Engineering Designer

A civil engineering designer works under the direction of a project manager to prepare civil engineering plans and studies for land development engineering projects. Potential projects might include utility, storm drain, water, sewer, street, and traffic plans for projects within the organization's area of service. Civil engineering designers must work effectively with internal and external partners, including coordinating with public agencies on land development projects. They work closely with colleagues to gain an understanding of the project requirements and create designs in conjunction with office procedures, policies, and guidelines. In all tasks, these professionals must comply with company drawing preparation standards.

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Civil Engineering Designer Tasks

  • Assist with compliance, permits, inspections, surveys, and other documentation.
  • Calculate effects of many factors and produce comprehensive reports to inform design.
  • Create site and civil designs to account for grade, water, sewer, roads, erosion and other factors.
  • Collaborate with team members to produce quality designs and construction.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Designer


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At the upper end, Civil Engineering Designers who move into a Project Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Project Engineers is a much higher $67K per year.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Civil Engineering Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Engineering Design, Autocad Civil 3D, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Autocad Civil 3D also know Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Civil Engineering Designers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $50K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Civil Engineering Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Civil Engineering Designers, Denver offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Civil Engineering Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

AutoCAD
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Engineering Design
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Autocad Civil 3D
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National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Microstation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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