Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $5K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $41K and hits $69K on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. The vast majority of Graduate Civil Engineers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,193 - $67,588
(Median)
$42K
$54K
$68K
MEDIAN: $54,109
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$15.35 - $30.04
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$42,193 - $67,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,913  
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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$41,339 - $69,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $30.04  
   
Overtime
$20.25 - $38.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $4,913  
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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$41,339 - $69,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 who go on to become Project Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Project Engineers is $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 $6K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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 Design, Engineering Design, Geographic Information Systems, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Autocad Civil 3D. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $53K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,817

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Graduate Civil Engineers, 15 percent above the national average. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Fort Worth (+2 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 45%


National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 3%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 2%

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 45 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
31%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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