Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Civil Engineering Designers in the United States pull down an average of $25.07 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Civil Engineering Designers can bottom out near $42K or peak near $74K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Civil Engineering Designers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The vast majority (88 percent) of Civil Engineering Designers who answered the questionnaire are male.

$43,851 - $71,628
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$44K
$55K
$72K
MEDIAN: $55,386
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$17.91 - $32.40
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$18
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$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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Civil Engineering Designers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Engineering Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $88K annually. Civil Engineering Designers most often move into positions as Civil Engineers or Project Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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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 Civil 3D, AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $51K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $53K. On average, Civil Engineering Designers make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Civil Engineering Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,376

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

For Civil Engineering Designers, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Civil Engineering Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Raleigh, 8 percent below the national average.

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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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