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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 among California cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$63,930
25th Percentile Wage
$81,610
50th Percentile Wage
$104,150
75th Percentile Wage
$125,260
90th Percentile Wage
$148,340

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 $148,340. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $104,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $63,930.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30.73
25th Percentile Wage
$39.24
50th Percentile Wage
$50.07
75th Percentile Wage
$60.22
90th Percentile Wage
$71.31

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for civil engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $71.31. The median hourly salary is $50.07. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30.73.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of civil engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016104,1504.24%9.86%
201599,7301.52%-
201498,2102.31%-
201395,9402.15%-
201293,880--

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 $80,600 to $108,190. The highest paying area for civil engineers in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $108,190. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $108,190). The lowest paying area is Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $80,600.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$108,190
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$108,190
Redding
$108,190
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$108,180
Yuba City
$107,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$107,420
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$106,070
Fresno
$105,500
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$105,470
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$104,600
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$104,120
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$103,980
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$103,700
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$102,630
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$102,030
Vallejo-Fairfield
$97,480
El Centro
$97,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$96,920
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$96,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$96,540
Chico
$95,720
Bakersfield-Delano
$95,720
Stockton
$95,720
Napa
$95,210
Salinas
$94,590
Merced
$92,440
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$91,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$91,070
Modesto
$87,120
Visalia-Porterville
$86,900
Hanford-Corcoran
$83,040
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$82,820
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$81,980
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$80,600


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