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Civil Engineer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for civil engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of civil engineers amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Civil Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$62,640
25th Percentile Wage
$80,830
50th Percentile Wage
$105,540
75th Percentile Wage
$129,160
90th Percentile Wage
$156,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for civil engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $156,290. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $105,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $62,640.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of civil engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$105,540
1.32% 11.05%
2016
$104,150
4.24% -
2015
$99,730
1.52% -
2014
$98,210
2.31% -
2013
$95,940
2.15% -
2012
$93,880
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Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Civil Engineers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of civil engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of civil engineers in state of California ranges from $80,570 to $114,190. The highest paying area for civil engineers in California is Madera-Chowchilla with a median annual salary of $114,190. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $114,180). The lowest paying area is North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $80,570.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Madera-Chowchilla
$114,190
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$114,180
Redding
$114,180
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$114,180
Yuba City
$114,170
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$114,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$112,270
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$111,200
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$110,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$110,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$108,890
Fresno
$108,310
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$106,230
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$105,630
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$104,600
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$102,050
Vallejo-Fairfield
$101,490
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$101,030
Stockton
$101,010
Bakersfield-Delano
$98,740
Chico
$98,660
El Centro
$98,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$96,920
Napa
$96,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$96,540
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$95,820
Salinas
$93,550
Merced
$92,440
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$91,410
Modesto
$88,860
Visalia-Porterville
$87,880
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$84,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$83,600
Hanford-Corcoran
$83,040
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$80,570




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