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.
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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 $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.
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.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors|| |
|Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction|| |
|Roofing Contractors|| |
|Utility System Construction|| |
|Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction|| |
|Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction|| |
|Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction|| |
|Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors|| |
|Land Subdivision|| |
|Building Equipment Contractors|| |
|Specialty Trade Contractors|| |
|Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors|| |
|Nonresidential Building Construction|| |
|Construction of Buildings|| |
|Other Specialty Trade Contractors|| |
|Residential Building Construction|| |
|Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 .