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Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Graduate Civil Engineers in the United States take home an average $53K annually. Final cash compensation to Graduate Civil Engineers varies from around $40K to approximately $68K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $5K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Graduate Civil Engineers are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,169 - $66,973
(Median)
$41K
$53K
$67K
MEDIAN: $52,644
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50%
90%

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$15.17 - $29.54
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$41,169 - $66,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,336  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $4,966  
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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$40,321 - $67,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $29.54  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $38.84  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,336  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $4,966  
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).
)
$40,321 - $67,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Project Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $67K annually. 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 $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Graduate Civil Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Geographic Information Systems, Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know AutoCAD and Engineering Design.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Graduate Civil Engineers in Austin enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Graduate Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+12 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$52,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microstation
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
30%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 11%