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Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Median pay for Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $53K per year. Total cash earnings of Graduate Civil Engineers range from $41K on the low end to $68K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $5K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Graduate Civil Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Graduate Civil Engineers are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,663 - $67,458
(Median)
$42K
$53K
$67K
MEDIAN: $52,773
10%
50%
90%

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$15.17 - $29.77
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
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
$41,663 - $67,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $4,949  
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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$40,811 - $68,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $29.77  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $38.89  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $4,949  
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).
)
$40,811 - $68,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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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As Graduate Civil Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Project Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Project Engineers earn $67K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Graduate Civil Engineer often leads to becoming a Civil Engineer or a Structural Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $7K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Geographic Information Systems, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Autocad Civil 3D. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Graduate Civil Engineers will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent). Minneapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 6%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$52,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

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

Microstation
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 11%
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