Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Very senior Graduate Civil Engineers pick up larger-than-average paychecks, bringing in $83K, much more than the $55K annually national average for others in this area of work. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $56K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $61K on average. Graduate Civil Engineers bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$43,833 - $65,744
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$55K
$66K
MEDIAN: $55,244
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$18.00 - $31.65
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$0$68K
Salary $43,833 - $65,744
Bonus $0.00 - $6,544
Profit Sharing $5.79 - $5,068
Total Pay (?
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$42,988 - $68,924
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 185
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $18.00 - $31.65
Overtime $26.45 - $40.15
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,544
Profit Sharing $5.79 - $5,068
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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$42,988 - $68,924
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 54

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Graduate Civil Engineer


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For Graduate Civil Engineers, progressing to a Project Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Project Engineer can earn $67K annually. The most common next step for a Graduate Civil Engineer is to become a Civil Engineer or a Structural Engineer. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Survey takers working as Graduate Civil Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Project Management, Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Graduate Civil Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Graduate Civil Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Graduate Civil Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 214 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graduate Civil Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Graduate Civil Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 11 salaries. A Graduate Civil Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,591

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For Graduate Civil Engineers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Graduate Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Austin (+6 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Paul (5 percent lower) and Minneapolis (3 percent lower).

Graduate Civil Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Graduate Civil Engineer?

Graduate Civil Engineer in Minneapolis:
"Civil engineer EIT."
Pros: Efficiency in transportation design.
Cons: Slow computers and repetitive tasks.

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Key Stats for Graduate Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Experienced
▲40%

▲9%

▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲9%

Project Management
▲4%

Design
▲3%



Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▲1%

National Average
$56,000



Microsoft Word
▼2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼2%

AutoCAD
▼3%


Microstation
▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 7%
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