Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K per year. In the world of Graduate Civil Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $43K and $70K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. Though the majority of Graduate Civil Engineers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,935 - $66,165
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$44K
$55K
$66K
MEDIAN: $55,337
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$15.38 - $33.07
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$15
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$43,935 - $66,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $5,203  
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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$43,167 - $70,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.38 - $33.07  
   
Overtime
$20.47 - $40.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $5,203  
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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$43,167 - $70,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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. The most common next step for a Graduate Civil Engineer is to become a Civil Engineer or a Structural Engineer. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Survey results imply that Graduate Civil Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Computer Aided Design, Engineering Design, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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

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


Graduate Civil Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $62K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $56K. On average, Graduate Civil Engineers make $78K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,961

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Surpassing the national average by 12 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 Dallas (+8 percent) and Austin (+7 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. San Antonio and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Design
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Project Management
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National Average
$56,000

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
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Microstation
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
35%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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