Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Civil Engineering Designers in the United States can expect wages of $25.01 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Civil Engineering Designers bottoms out near $41K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men make up the vast majority of Civil Engineering Designers (88 percent) who took the survey. The majority of Civil Engineering Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,127 - $70,847

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$17.79 - $32.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,127 - $70,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,596  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$40,941 - $72,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.79 - $32.07  
   
Overtime
$25.26 - $46.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,596  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,128  
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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$40,941 - $72,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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 who transition into a Project Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $67K per year.

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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 Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) 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.


For many Civil Engineering Designers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $50K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. 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


For Civil Engineering Designers, Denver provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Civil Engineering Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Tampa (+6 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

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

Microstation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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