Engineer Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of engineers in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare engineer salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,080
25th Percentile Wage
$62,890
50th Percentile Wage
$79,450
75th Percentile Wage
$103,860
90th Percentile Wage
$139,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for engineers in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) engineers is $139,710. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,450. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $52,080.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$79,450
1.11% 5.36%
2016
$78,570
-0.23% -
2015
$78,750
2.64% -
2014
$76,670
0.70% -
2013
$76,130
1.23% -
2012
$75,190
- -

Compare Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of engineers in 22 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for engineer occupations is the masonry contractors industry with an annual salary $91,480. The lowest paying industry is the roofing contractors industry (annual salary $63,820). For detailed engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Masonry Contractors
$91,480
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$88,530
Utility System Construction
$85,590
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$82,460
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$82,140
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$81,700
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$80,730
Nonresidential Building Construction
$79,620
Construction of Buildings
$79,030
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$79,010
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$78,320
Building Equipment Contractors
$78,190
Specialty Trade Contractors
$78,040
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$77,600
Land Subdivision
$77,470
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$77,360
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$75,490
Building Finishing Contractors
$74,630
Residential Building Construction
$71,340
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$69,370
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$66,000
Roofing Contractors
$63,820

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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