Graduate Civil Engineer Salary

Very senior Graduate Civil Engineers rake in top-notch pay; their $83K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($55K annually). Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $56K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $83K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,761 - $66,370
$45K
$55K
$66K
MEDIAN: $55,236
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$16.34 - $32.17
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MEDIAN: $25.44
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$0$70K
Salary $44,761 - $66,370
Bonus $-0.49 - $7,757
Profit Sharing $5.86 - $5,166
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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$44,481 - $70,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 189
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $16.34 - $32.17
Overtime $26.32 - $40.03
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $-0.49 - $7,757
Profit Sharing $5.86 - $5,166
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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$44,481 - $70,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52

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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. 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 $5K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Graduate Civil Engineer


Popular Skills for Graduate Civil Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Computer Aided Design, Project Management, Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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

Pay by Experience for a Graduate Civil Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Graduate Civil Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 214 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Graduate Civil Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Graduate Civil Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 11 salaries. A Graduate Civil Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 6 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,941

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Graduate Civil Engineers, 11 percent higher than the national average. Graduate Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Austin (+6 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Paul and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Graduate Civil Engineer?

Graduate Civil Engineer in Minneapolis:
"Civil engineer EIT."
Pros: Efficiency in transportation design.
Cons: Slow computers and repetitive tasks.

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Key Stats for Graduate Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲47%

Experienced
▲40%

▲8%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Graduate Civil Engineer Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲9%

Design
▲3%

Project Management
▲3%



Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼0%

National Average
$56,000




Microsoft Word
▼3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼4%

Microstation
▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
24%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 7%
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