Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Pay for Civil Engineering Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $25.07 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Civil Engineering Designers stretch from $42K on the lower end to $74K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Location and years of experience 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. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Civil Engineering Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$43,851 - $71,628
(Median)
$44K
$55K
$72K
MEDIAN: $55,386
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$17.91 - $32.40
(Median)
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,851 - $71,628  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,960  
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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$41,537 - $74,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.91 - $32.40  
   
Overtime
$25.98 - $47.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,960  
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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$41,537 - $74,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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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For Civil Engineering Designers, progressing to an Engineering Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Engineering Project Manager can earn $88K annually. A common career progression for a Civil Engineering Designer is to become a Civil Engineer or a Project Engineer. Compared to Civil Engineering Designers, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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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 Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $51K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $53K. Civil Engineering Designers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. 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

National Average: $55,376

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Denver offers some of the highest pay in the country for Civil Engineering Designers, 27 percent above the national average. Civil Engineering Designers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). In Raleigh, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

Autocad Civil 3D
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Engineering Design
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
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Microstation
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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