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Civil Engineering Technician Salary

Median pay for Civil Engineering Technicians in the United States is around $19.84 per hour. Final cash compensation to Civil Engineering Technicians varies from around $31K to approximately $67K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $6K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Civil Engineering Technicians is high. There are far more male Civil Engineering Technicians survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,067 - $66,195
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,876
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$13.75 - $28.64
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,067 - $66,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,502  
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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$30,698 - $66,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $28.64  
   
Overtime
$19.89 - $43.67  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,972  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,502  
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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$30,698 - $66,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291

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Job Description for Civil Engineering Technician

Civil engineering technicians are responsible for assisting and providing support to civil engineers who are working on building and construction projects. Their role is generally that of an assistant who performs tasks such as creating plans, surveying sites, and inspecting projects.

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Civil Engineering Technician Tasks

  • Document construction agreements and progress and report on problems or deviations from plans.
  • Communicate with contractors, particularly about inspections and schedules.
  • Assist with drafting, design, and surveying projects.
  • Estimate costs and identify materials for specific projects.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Technician


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While not commonly seen, Civil Engineering Technicians who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. Civil Engineering Technicians most often move into positions as Civil Engineers or Civil Engineers in Training; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Technician


Civil Engineering Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Microsoft Word, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Civil Engineering Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. Civil Engineering Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Technician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Technician Salaries


Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Land Surveying
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$47,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 13%
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