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Civil Engineering Technician Salary

Civil Engineering Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $19.77 per hour on average. In the world of Civil Engineering Technicians, overall income ranges from $31K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Civil Engineering Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Civil Engineering Technicians far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to two-fifths. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$31,990 - $65,649
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,685
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$14.07 - $28.80
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,990 - $65,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,374  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,456  
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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$31,282 - $66,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $28.80  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $44.08  
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 - $3,374  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,456  
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).
)
$31,282 - $66,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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Job Description for Civil Engineering Technician

Civil Engineering Technicians assist with drafting, design, and surveying projects. It's possible to work directly on the project site, in the office perfecting designs, or at both locations depending on the day. A lot of the time they will use computer graphics and design software (such as AutoCAD Civil 3D, or Earthworks) to generate plots of ground surfaces, pipe and storm sewer systems, and grading plans. The ideal candidate will assist in the development of all drawings and specifications required to complete a project and, if so assigned, with client representatives. The technician must have strong communication skills, as they will often be required to communicate with the other project contractors about inspections and schedules. Additionally, they will be in charge of documenting construction agreements and project progress, as well as reporting any problems or changes in plans that will arise during the project's duration. Additionally, the technician will be required to identify the materials required and associated costs for their assigned 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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Though some Civil Engineering Technicians move into positions like Construction Project Manager (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Civil Engineering Technician is to become a Civil Engineer or a Civil Engineer in Training. Compared to Civil Engineering Technicians, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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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, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Engineering Design, and Land Surveying are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also know 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.


For Civil Engineering Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $44K on average. Civil Engineering Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Technician Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Technician Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 4%

Land Surveying
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

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

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 13%