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Civil Engineer Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of civil engineers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare civil engineer salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Civil Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,680
25th Percentile Wage
$68,430
50th Percentile Wage
$85,350
75th Percentile Wage
$102,940
90th Percentile Wage
$120,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for civil engineers in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $120,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid civil engineers is $55,680.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201685,3502.11%5.47%
201583,5500.17%-
201483,4101.56%-
201382,1101.74%-
201280,680--

Compare Civil Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of civil engineers in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $92,320. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $79,670). For detailed civil engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$92,320
Federal government, including USPS
$92,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$88,380
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$88,360
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$85,350
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$85,180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$80,200
State government, including schools and hospitals
$79,670

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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