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
$52,420
25th Percentile Wage
$62,720
50th Percentile Wage
$78,610
75th Percentile Wage
$102,780
90th Percentile Wage
$141,590

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
2017
$78,610
0.74% 4.85%
2016
$78,030
-0.31% -
2015
$78,270
3.31% -
2014
$75,680
0.20% -
2013
$75,530
0.97% -
2012
$74,800
- -

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
$116,640
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
$92,410
Utility System Construction
$83,380
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$82,320
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
$82,180
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$81,740
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$81,500
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$80,730
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$78,820
Nonresidential Building Construction
$78,130
Building Equipment Contractors
$77,880
Specialty Trade Contractors
$77,830
Building Finishing Contractors
$77,690
Construction of Buildings
$77,680
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
$77,070
Land Subdivision
$76,780
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
$75,390
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
$74,420
Roofing Contractors
$74,390
Residential Building Construction
$71,920
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
$70,130
Other Building Equipment Contractors
$70,060

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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