Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Designers in the United States is around $26.70 per hour. Total cash compensation to Civil Engineering Designers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $79K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Civil Engineering Designers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. For the most part, Civil Engineering Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,012 - $77,466
$42K
$58K
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MEDIAN: $58,236
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$19.91 - $34.79
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MEDIAN: $26.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$42,012 - $77,466  
   
Bonus
$300.50 - $4,928  
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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$43,289 - $79,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.91 - $34.79  
   
Overtime
$27.22 - $50.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$300.50 - $4,928  
   
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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$43,289 - $79,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202

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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

  • 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.
  • Assist with compliance, permits, inspections, surveys, and other documentation.
  • Calculate effects of many factors and produce comprehensive reports to inform design.

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 Engineers or Project Engineers are common next-step roles for Civil Engineering Designers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Civil Engineers is $2K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Project Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineering Designer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Stantec Consulting Ltd. offers the most; Civil Engineering Designers earn $68K on average there.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Survey results suggest that Civil Engineering Designers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autocad Civil 3D, Microsoft Office, and autodesk autocad. Those proficient in Autocad Civil 3D are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Designer

Pay by Experience for a Civil Engineering Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Civil Engineering Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 127 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Civil Engineering Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Civil Engineering Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 126 salaries. A Civil Engineering Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,320

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For those looking to make money, Civil Engineering Designers in Tampa enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Civil Engineering Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Salt Lake City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Designer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$58,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

▲7%



Engineering Design
▼0%

National Average
$58,000

▼5%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%
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