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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $135,820. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid engineers is $51,860.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of engineers in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of engineers in 21 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 $112,930. The lowest paying industry is the building finishing contractors industry (annual salary $66,390). For detailed engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Masonry Contractors
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Utility System Construction
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Other Building Equipment Contractors
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Nonresidential Building Construction
Construction of Buildings
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
Building Equipment Contractors
Land Subdivision
Specialty Trade Contractors
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Roofing Contractors
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Residential Building Construction
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Building Finishing Contractors

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


Highest paying industries for engineers.