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Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Designers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $24.93 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Civil Engineering Designers stretch from $41K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage.

$43,311 - $71,610
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$72K
MEDIAN: $55,091
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50%
90%

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$17.69 - $32.07
(Median)
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$43,311 - $71,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,404  
Profit Sharing
$4.70 - $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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$40,838 - $72,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $32.07  
   
Overtime
$24.32 - $46.26  
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 - $4,404  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.70 - $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).
)
$40,838 - $72,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Designer


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Civil Engineering Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Project Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $67K annually.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Civil Engineering Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Autocad Civil 3D are also skilled in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD. Those who learned Engineering Design also tend to know 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 many Civil Engineering Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $62K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Autocad Civil 3D
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

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
20%
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: 54% employee benefits None: 15%