Civil Engineering Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $20.12 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Civil Engineering Technicians — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $69K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Civil Engineering Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Civil Engineering Technicians (84 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$37,771 - $77,932
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$38K
$51K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,188
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$14.10 - $27.15
(Median)
$14
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,771 - $77,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,048  
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $3,510  
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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$32,974 - $68,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $27.15  
   
Overtime
$21.88 - $40.13  
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 - $5,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$246.58 - $3,510  
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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$32,974 - $68,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. Civil Engineers or Civil Engineers in Training are common next-step roles for Civil Engineering Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Civil Engineers is $12K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Civil Engineers in Training.

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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 Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Land Surveying, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoDesk and Autodesk Software. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. 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 $55K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineering Technician Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Technician Salaries


Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Land Surveying
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 3%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

autodesk autocad
0%

Construction Site Inspection
0%

National Average
$48,000

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Software
up arrow 3%

AutoDesk
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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