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Civil Engineering Designer Salary

An average Civil Engineering Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $24.75 per hour. Cash earnings for Civil Engineering Designers — including $4K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $72K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Most Civil Engineering Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$43,876 - $71,248
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $55,374
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$17.37 - $32.13
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,876 - $71,248  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,363  
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $6,183  
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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$40,850 - $72,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.37 - $32.13  
   
Overtime
$23.82 - $45.91  
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 - $4,363  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $6,183  
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).
)
$40,850 - $72,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 250
United States (change)

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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For Civil Engineering Designers, career progression to a Project Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Project Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $67K annually.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Survey results imply that Civil Engineering Designers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microstation. For most people, competency in Autocad Civil 3D indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $50K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $53K. Civil Engineering Designers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $63K.

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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%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microstation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%