Civil Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of civil engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of civil engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The civil engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Civil Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,470
25th Percentile Wage
$65,330
50th Percentile Wage
$83,540
75th Percentile Wage
$107,140
90th Percentile Wage
$132,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for civil engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) civil engineers is $132,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $83,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,470. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 148% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201683,5401.58%5.03%
201582,2200.21%-
201482,0501.56%-
201380,7701.77%-
201279,340--

Table 2. Civil Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of civil engineers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for civil engineers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $97,250. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $68,960).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$97,250
Utilities
$93,880
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$93,080
Mining
$92,320
Finance and Insurance
$92,110
Transportation and Warehousing
$91,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$89,590
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$89,120
Manufacturing
$88,770
Health Care and Social Assistance
$86,800
Federal, State, and Local Government
$85,350
Wholesale Trade
$83,740
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$83,020
Information
$82,160
Construction
$78,030
Retail Trade
$75,990
Accommodation and Food Services
$73,750
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$70,740
Educational Services
$68,960

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Civil Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only civil engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of civil engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $49,660 to $105,830. The highest paying state for civil engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $105,830. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $49,660. For more salary information of civil engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$105,830
California
$104,150
District of Columbia
$93,370
New Jersey
$92,050
Louisiana
$91,730
Tennessee
$90,280
Texas
$89,960
Connecticut
$87,960
New York
$87,420
Illinois
$86,810
Washington
$86,340
Massachusetts
$85,630
New Mexico
$85,210
Nevada
$84,080
Rhode Island
$82,740
Minnesota
$82,570
Virginia
$82,120
Colorado
$81,900
Hawaii
$79,970
Pennsylvania
$79,870
Florida
$79,450
Oklahoma
$79,360
Mississippi
$78,800
Oregon
$78,520
Nebraska
$78,270
Maryland
$78,250
Iowa
$78,180
Kentucky
$76,860
Georgia
$76,250
Arizona
$76,170
Maine
$76,160
Ohio
$75,920
New Hampshire
$75,570
Utah
$75,520
Missouri
$75,510
Kansas
$74,950
North Carolina
$74,790
Arkansas
$74,350
Indiana
$74,240
North Dakota
$73,960
Michigan
$73,650
West Virginia
$73,370
Wisconsin
$73,140
Idaho
$72,770
South Carolina
$72,220
Wyoming
$71,370
Alabama
$71,220
South Dakota
$71,020
Vermont
$71,020
Montana
$69,560
Guam
$50,760
Puerto Rico
$49,660


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