Civil Engineering Technician Salary

Earnings for Civil Engineering Technicians in the United States come in at around $19.90 per hour on average. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Civil Engineering Technicians spread between $31K and $67K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority (86 percent) of Civil Engineering Technicians who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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

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

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National Salary Data (?
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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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Civil Engineering Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. Civil Engineering Technicians typically move into roles as Civil Engineers or Civil Engineers in Training, and those positions pay $13K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Technician


Civil Engineering Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Those proficient in Autocad Civil 3D are, more often than not, also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Civil Engineering Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. For Civil Engineering Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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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