Civil Engineering Designer Salary

Civil Engineering Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $27.25 per hour. Total incomes of Civil Engineering Designers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $44K and $81K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Civil Engineering Designers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Civil Engineering Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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.

$41,934 - $80,325
$42K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,314
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50%
90%

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$19.91 - $35.53
$20
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $27.02
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$0$80K
Salary $41,934 - $80,325
Bonus $291.63 - $4,826
Profit Sharing $50.00 - $9,000
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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$43,284 - $80,475
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 168
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $19.91 - $35.53
Overtime $27.28 - $50.34
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $291.63 - $4,826
Profit Sharing $50.00 - $9,000
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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$43,284 - $80,475
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 196

Job Description for Civil Engineering Designer

A civil engineering designer works under the direction of a project manager to prepare civil engineering plans and studies for land development engineering projects. Potential projects might include utility, storm drain, water, sewer, street, and traffic plans for projects within the organization's area of service. Civil engineering designers must work effectively with internal and external partners, including coordinating with public agencies on land development projects. They work closely with colleagues to gain an understanding of the project requirements and create designs in conjunction with office procedures, policies, and guidelines. In all tasks, these professionals must comply with company drawing preparation standards.

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Civil Engineering Designer Tasks

  • Create site and civil designs to account for grade, water, sewer, roads, erosion and other factors.
  • Collaborate with team members to produce quality designs and construction.
  • Assist with compliance, permits, inspections, surveys, and other documentation.
  • Calculate effects of many factors and produce comprehensive reports to inform design.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineering Designer


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Civil Engineering Designers who go on to become Engineering Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Engineering Project Managers is $89K annually. Civil Engineering Designers most often move into positions as Civil Engineers or Project Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

Civil Engineering Designer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineering Designer


Stantec Consulting Ltd. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $68K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineering Designer


Civil Engineering Designers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microstation, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autocad Civil 3D, Microsoft Office, and autodesk autocad. It is often found that people who know Autocad Civil 3D are also skilled in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineering Designer

Pay by Experience for a Civil Engineering Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Civil Engineering Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 127 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Civil Engineering Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Civil Engineering Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 126 salaries. A Civil Engineering Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,558

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

With a pay rate for Civil Engineering Designers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Tampa offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Civil Engineering Designers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Salt Lake City.

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Key Stats for Civil Engineering Designer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Experience Affects Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

▲11%

▲4%

▲1%

National Average
$59,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineering Designer Salaries

▲6%



National Average
$59,000

Engineering Design
▼1%

▼5%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%