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Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Civil Engineering Designers in the United States take home approximately $24.95 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Civil Engineering Designers varies from around $41K to approximately $72K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $6K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up the vast majority of Civil Engineering Designers (89 percent) who took the survey. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$43,186 - $71,517
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$72K
MEDIAN: $55,148
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$17.59 - $32.09
(Median)
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$43,186 - $71,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,477  
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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$40,797 - $72,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.59 - $32.09  
   
Overtime
$24.18 - $46.31  
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 - $4,477  
   
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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$40,797 - $72,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260

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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 a Project Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Project Engineer can earn $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, Autocad Civil 3D, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Autocad Civil 3D tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also 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.


Civil Engineering Designers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. For Civil Engineering Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Civil Engineering Designers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Civil Engineering Designers, Denver provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Civil Engineering Designers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+11 percent) and Atlanta (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (6 percent less) and Charlotte (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

AutoCAD
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Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Autocad Civil 3D
0%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Microstation
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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%
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