Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $24.93 per hour. Final cash compensation to Civil Engineering Designers varies from around $41K to approximately $72K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Civil Engineering Designers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Civil Engineering Designers (88 percent) who took the survey. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$43,114 - $70,819
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$43K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,183
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$17.80 - $32.09
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$18
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$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,114 - $70,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,615  
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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$40,933 - $72,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.80 - $32.09  
   
Overtime
$24.97 - $46.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,615  
   
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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$40,933 - $72,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Civil Engineering Designers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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.


Civil Engineering Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Civil Engineering Designers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $50K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $53K. Civil Engineering Designers see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Civil Engineering Designers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Civil Engineering Designers in Denver receive some of the highest pay in the country. Civil Engineering Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), Tampa (+6 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

Engineering Design
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AutoCAD
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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)
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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
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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