Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $54K annually on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Graduate Civil Engineers generally range from $41K to $70K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (82 percent) of Graduate Civil Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$42,290 - $68,653

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$15.15 - $29.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$42,290 - $68,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,839  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $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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$41,216 - $69,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $29.85  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $39.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,839  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $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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$41,216 - $69,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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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As Graduate Civil Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Project Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Project Engineers earn $67K on average per year. A common career progression for a Graduate Civil Engineer is to become a Civil Engineer or a Structural Engineer. Compared to Graduate Civil Engineers, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Survey results imply that Graduate Civil Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Geographic Information Systems, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Graduate Civil Engineer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $64K. Graduate Civil Engineers bring in $72K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $83K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Graduate Civil Engineers, 16 percent above the national average. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+15 percent) and Houston (+11 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Design
0%

National Average
$53,000

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Microstation
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 9%
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