Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Very senior Graduate Civil Engineers pick up larger-than-average paychecks, bringing in $83K, much more than the $55K per year national average for others in this area of work. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $55K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. For Graduate Civil Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $78K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$43,688 - $66,501
$44K
$55K
$67K
MEDIAN: $55,303
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90%

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$17.88 - $31.27
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$31
MEDIAN: $24.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$43,688 - $66,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $5,195  
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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$43,180 - $69,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $31.27  
   
Overtime
$20.73 - $38.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $5,195  
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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$43,180 - $69,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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. Graduate Civil Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $8K higher, 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 Computer Aided Design, Design, Project Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Graduate Civil Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,676

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Graduate Civil Engineers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+9 percent) and Austin (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio and St. Paul (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Graduate Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
32%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲48%

Experienced
▲40%

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲6%

Design
▲4%

Engineering Design
▲1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▲1%

Project Management
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Microsoft Word
▼2%

AutoCAD
▼3%


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼3%

Microstation
▼4%

Autocad Civil 3D
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
32%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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