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Civil Engineering Technician Salary

Pay for Civil Engineering Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.89 per hour. Total cash compensation for Civil Engineering Technicians runs from $31K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Civil Engineering Technicians are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Civil Engineering Technicians. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,938 - $66,323
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,753
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$13.83 - $28.89
(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
$31,938 - $66,323  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,461  
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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$30,926 - $66,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $28.89  
   
Overtime
$19.61 - $44.15  
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 - $2,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,461  
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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$30,926 - $66,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 290

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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 it's uncommon, some Civil Engineering Technicians move into roles as Construction Project Managers, where pay is an average $70K per year. 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 wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autocad Civil 3D, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoDesk. 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.


Civil Engineering Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $39K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. On average, Civil Engineering Technicians make $50K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Land Surveying
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$47,000

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

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 14%