Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $53K per year. Total cash compensation to Graduate Civil Engineers approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $69K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Graduate Civil Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Male Graduate Civil Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,986 - $68,309
(Median)
$42K
$53K
$68K
MEDIAN: $53,188
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90%

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$15.19 - $29.82
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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
$41,986 - $68,309  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $4,932  
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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$41,052 - $68,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.19 - $29.82  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $38.68  
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 - $4,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $4,932  
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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$41,052 - $68,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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At the upper end, Graduate Civil Engineers who move into a Project Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Project Engineers is a much higher $67K per year. Graduate Civil Engineers most often move into positions as Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Graduate Civil Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Geographic Information Systems, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Graduate Civil Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Graduate Civil Engineers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Graduate Civil Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $72K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Graduate Civil Engineers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+16 percent) and Houston (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 37%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Project Management
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Microstation
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

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 85 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 10%
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