Earnings for Civil Engineering Designers in the United States come in at around $26.34 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Civil Engineering Designers stretch from $43K on the lower end to $78K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up the vast majority of Civil Engineering Designers (83 percent) who took the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,474 - $79,463
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$42K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $58,115
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$20.14 - $33.44
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$42,474 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,921  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,748  
Total Pay (?
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$43,128 - $77,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.14 - $33.44  
   
Overtime
$27.65 - $49.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,921  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,748  
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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$43,128 - $77,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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 who go on to become Engineering Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Engineering Project Managers is $89K annually. Civil Engineering Designers most often move into positions as Civil Engineers or Project Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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 Microstation, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, autodesk autocad, and AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Autocad Civil 3D are also skilled in 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $53K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $57K on average. Civil Engineering Designers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Civil Engineering Designers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $64K.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$58,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

Microstation
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Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$58,000

Autocad Civil 3D
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Engineering Design
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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