Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States take home approximately $54K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Graduate Civil Engineers ($41K to $69K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Graduate Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,193 - $67,588
(Median)
$42K
$54K
$68K
MEDIAN: $54,109
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90%

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$15.35 - $30.04
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$42,193 - $67,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,913  
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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$41,339 - $69,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $30.04  
   
Overtime
$20.25 - $38.28  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,913  
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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$41,339 - $69,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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Job Description for Graduate Civil Engineer

Working for a company as a graduate civil engineer requires not only extensive education and training in the field of civil engineering but also the ability to be highly adaptable to the needs of the employer. It requires having critical thinking skills and the confidence to work independently that require creative solutions to problems that arise. It also demands a strong ability to work others even while being independent. A high level of communication skills and fluency in writing beyond just knowing the scientific terms and formulas that obviously would be required of any civil engineer. The job of a graduate civil engineer is one that calls for many different hats to be worn. Many times the responsibilities will overlap and it requires the ability to be able to handle many duties simultaneously, so multitasking under pressure is a must. Responsibilities can include but are not limited to proposing and testing engineer projects and designs, running software models, analyzing data, writing detailed analysis reports, delegating tasks, and closely supervising all work being produced.

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Graduate Civil Engineer Tasks

  • Collaborate to produce proposals, contracts and designs for clients.
  • Conduct and document site visits, including updates to plans.
  • Write reports, create drawings and visualizations and document specifications.
  • Communicate and update schedules and timelines.

Common Career Paths for Graduate Civil Engineer


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Graduate Civil Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Project Engineer, where median compensation is $67K annually. Graduate Civil Engineers typically move into roles as Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers, and those positions pay $6K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Graduate Civil Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Engineering Design, Geographic Information Systems, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Graduate Civil Engineer

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


For many Graduate Civil Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $53K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $64K. Graduate Civil Engineers see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,817

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Graduate Civil Engineers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Graduate Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+2 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 45%


National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Design
up arrow 3%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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