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

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 $141,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $78,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid civil engineers is $52,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
0.74% 4.85%
-0.31% -
3.31% -
0.20% -
0.97% -
- -

Compare Civil Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of civil 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 civil engineer occupations is the masonry contractors industry with an annual salary $116,640. The lowest paying industry is the other building equipment contractors industry (annual salary $70,060). For detailed civil engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

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

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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