Civil Engineering Technician Salary

For Civil Engineering Technicians, hourly average wages total $19.90 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 $5K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority (86 percent) of Civil Engineering Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,387 - $68,108
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,988
10%
50%
90%

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$14.17 - $28.01
(Median)
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,387 - $68,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,351  
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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$31,396 - $66,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.17 - $28.01  
   
Overtime
$21.48 - $41.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,351  
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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$31,396 - $66,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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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For Civil Engineering Technicians, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. The most common next step for a Civil Engineering Technician is to become a Civil Engineer or a Civil Engineer in Training. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $4K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Technician


Survey takers working as Civil Engineering Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Construction Site Inspection, Project Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 26 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoDesk. Most people familiar with Autocad Civil 3D also know AutoCAD.

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 do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Civil Engineering Technicians bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Civil Engineering Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $57K.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Technician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Technician Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 27%

Project Management
up arrow 26%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 13%

Microstation
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Land Surveying
up arrow 1%

Autocad Civil 3D
0%

National Average
$47,000

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

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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