Civil Engineering Designer Salary

The average Civil Engineering Designer in the United States earns approximately $26.71 per hour. Total cash compensation to Civil Engineering Designers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $78K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Civil Engineering Designers are male. Most Civil Engineering Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.

$41,621 - $76,017
$42K
$58K
$76K
MEDIAN: $57,647
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$20.14 - $34.70
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MEDIAN: $26.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,621 - $76,017  
   
Bonus
$290.03 - $4,964  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,549  
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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$43,016 - $77,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.14 - $34.70  
   
Overtime
$27.31 - $50.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$290.03 - $4,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,549  
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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$43,016 - $77,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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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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At the upper end, Civil Engineering Designers who move into an Engineering Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Engineering Project Managers is a much higher $89K per year. The most common next step for a Civil Engineering Designer is to become a Civil Engineer or a Project Engineer. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineering Designer


Those at Stantec Consulting Ltd. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $68K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Most people skilled in Autocad Civil 3D are similarly competent in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. Civil Engineering Designers bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Civil Engineering Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,126

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

Civil Engineering Designers will find that Tampa offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. 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 the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Designer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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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

▼4%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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