Civil Engineer Salary in Sector of Construction

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

Average Annual Salary of Civil Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,340
25th Percentile Wage
$61,950
50th Percentile Wage
$78,030
75th Percentile Wage
$102,170
90th Percentile Wage
$138,660

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for civil 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) civil engineers is $138,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid civil engineers is $52,340.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201678,030-0.31%4.14%
201578,2703.31%-
201475,6800.20%-
201375,5300.97%-
201274,800--

Compare Civil Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of civil engineers in 18 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 civil engineer occupations is the masonry contractors industry with an annual salary $131,470. The lowest paying industry is the poured concrete foundation and structure contractors industry (annual salary $73,950). For detailed civil engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Masonry Contractors
$131,470
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$86,250
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$86,070
Roofing Contractors
$82,570
Utility System Construction
$82,550
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$82,540
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$80,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$78,880
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$78,580
Land Subdivision
$78,310
Building Equipment Contractors
$78,210
Specialty Trade Contractors
$77,480
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$77,440
Nonresidential Building Construction
$77,170
Construction of Buildings
$77,080
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$76,010
Residential Building Construction
$75,650
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$73,950

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




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