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Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Median pay for Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $52K per year. Total cash earnings of Graduate Civil Engineers range from $39K 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 $3K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (81 percent) of Graduate Civil Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of Graduate Civil Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,329 - $67,918
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46K
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68K
MEDIAN: $52,163
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$14.53 - $29.35
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$40,329 - $67,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,877  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$38,962 - $68,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $29.35  
   
Overtime
$16.75 - $40.01  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,877  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$38,962 - $68,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Project Engineer. The average Project Engineer bring home $67K per year. It is quite typical for Graduate Civil Engineers to transition into roles as Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers, where reported median earnings are $8K and $10K higher 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 Engineering Design, Geographic Information Systems, Project Management, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Many workers who know Autocad Civil 3D also know Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Graduate Civil Engineers in Austin receive some of the highest pay in the country. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+12 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$52,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 13%