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Civil Engineering Designer Salary

An average Civil Engineering Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $24.93 per hour. Total cash compensation to Civil Engineering Designers approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $72K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Civil Engineering Designers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,066 - $71,425
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,089
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$17.60 - $32.04
(Median)
$18
$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
$43,066 - $71,425  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,538  
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $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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$40,824 - $72,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.60 - $32.04  
   
Overtime
$24.14 - $46.15  
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 - $4,538  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $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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$40,824 - $72,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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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Civil Engineering Designers may progress into high-paying roles like Project Engineer, where median compensation is $67K annually.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Survey results suggest that Civil Engineering Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Engineering Design, Autocad Civil 3D, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $50K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $53K. Civil Engineering Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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 (+15 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Portland and 2 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Autocad Civil 3D
0%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

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

Microstation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

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