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Highest Paying Industries for Civil Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for civil engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $116,450, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for civil engineers. It is followed by accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services industry (average annual salary $107,090). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of civil engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Civil Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$116,450
560
2 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$107,090
30
3 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$103,260
70
4 Other Pipeline Transportation
$103,000
90
5 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$102,710
n/a
6 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$102,100
480
7 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$98,970
80
8 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$98,810
580
9 Pipeline Transportation
$97,440
350
10 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$95,640
n/a
11 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$95,070
140
12 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$94,890
860
13 Temporary Help Services
$94,720
3,220
14 Employment Services
$94,390
3,650
15 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$93,950
130
16 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$93,910
400
17 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$93,750
1,150
18 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$93,300
100
19 Amusement Parks and Arcades
$93,130
70
20 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$93,090
210
21 Natural Gas Distribution
$92,740
530
22 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$92,610
5,970
23 Administrative and Support Services
$92,330
4,810
24 Land Subdivision
$92,200
350
25 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$91,600
70
26 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$91,110
480
27 Utilities
$90,790
2,190
28 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$90,370
570
29 Federal government, including USPS
$90,340
9,650
30 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,340
9,650
31 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$90,120
1,170
32 Mining
$89,850
1,250
33 Scientific Research and Development Services
$89,290
610
34 Repair and Maintenance
$88,880
50
35 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$88,240
2,430
36 Transportation and Warehousing
$86,990
1,110
37 Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$86,620
n/a
38 Wood Product Manufacturing
$86,410
120
39 Metal Ore Mining
$86,230
80
40 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$86,200
5,260
41 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$85,820
28,130
42 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$85,750
28,310
43 Specialized Design Services
$85,750
60
44 Chemical Manufacturing
$85,730
200
45 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$85,680
100
46 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$84,690
630
47 Waste Collection
$84,440
n/a
48 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$84,260
530
49 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$84,130
270
50 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$83,590
120
51 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$83,410
72,340
52 Federal, State, and Local Government
$83,410
72,340
53 Hospitals - Privately owned
$83,280
130
54 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$83,270
73,770
55 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$83,260
150
56 Wholesale Trade
$83,090
820
57 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$82,280
70
58 Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$81,950
n/a
59 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$81,910
144,210
60 Manufacturing
$81,860
3,510
61 Engineering Services
$81,830
129,090
62 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$81,680
137,560
63 Hospitals - State government owned
$81,160
40
64 Other Telecommunications
$81,060
70
65 Coal Mining
$81,030
40
66 Health Care and Social Assistance
$80,910
190
67 Utility System Construction
$80,620
1,940
68 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$80,590
n/a
69 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$80,580
180
70 Building Equipment Contractors
$80,360
1,510
71 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$80,180
70
72 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$79,880
170
73 Support Activities for Transportation
$79,800
40
74 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$79,560
n/a
75 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$79,340
n/a
76 Educational Services - Privately owned
$79,170
210
77 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$79,130
100
78 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$79,010
210
79 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$78,940
690
80 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$78,930
1,170
81 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$78,880
120
82 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$78,780
6,740
83 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$78,330
34,560
84 Rail Transportation
$78,330
420
85 Building Finishing Contractors
$78,140
40
86 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$78,120
290
87 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$77,900
30
88 State government, including schools and hospitals
$77,860
35,810
89 Educational Services - Local government owned
$77,550
160
90 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$77,500
n/a
91 Specialty Trade Contractors
$77,330
3,520
92 Facilities Support Services
$77,140
90
93 Testing Laboratories
$76,050
1,460
94 Residential Building Construction
$76,010
1,050
95 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$75,890
260
96 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$75,750
60
97 Construction
$75,680
25,780
98 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$75,620
50
99 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$75,610
2,720
100 Other Support Services
$75,280
110
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