Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Late-career 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $56K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $61K. Graduate Civil Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Graduate Civil Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $83K. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,107 - $67,035
$44K
$55K
$67K
MEDIAN: $55,481
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$19.98 - $32.73
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MEDIAN: $25.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$44,107 - $67,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$5.79 - $5,034  
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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$44,264 - $70,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$19.98 - $32.73  
   
Overtime
$24.92 - $38.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.79 - $5,034  
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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$44,264 - $70,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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. Civil Engineers or Structural Engineers are common next-step roles for Graduate Civil Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Civil Engineers is $5K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Structural Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Graduate Civil Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Project Management, Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autocad Civil 3D, Microstation, and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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: $56,062

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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 Houston (+8 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), Austin (+5 percent), and San Francisco (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Paul (6 percent lower) and Minneapolis (4 percent lower).

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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 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲47%

Experienced
▲39%

▲8%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲9%

Design
▲3%

Project Management
▲3%



Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼0%

National Average
$56,000




Microsoft Word
▼3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼4%

Microstation
▼5%


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 6%