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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Civil Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,150
25th Percentile Wage
$66,260
50th Percentile Wage
$84,770
75th Percentile Wage
$109,930
90th Percentile Wage
$138,110

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 $138,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,150. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 155% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$84,770
1.45% 6.41%
2016
$83,540
1.58% -
2015
$82,220
0.21% -
2014
$82,050
1.56% -
2013
$80,770
1.77% -
2012
$79,340
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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 other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector with an annual salary $95,790. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $67,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$95,790
Utilities
$95,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$95,120
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,520
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$93,050
Mining
$91,430
Finance and Insurance
$90,720
Manufacturing
$89,900
Federal, State, and Local Government
$87,600
Information
$87,230
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$86,400
Wholesale Trade
$84,820
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$84,330
Retail Trade
$82,350
Construction
$78,610
Accommodation and Food Services
$73,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$72,400
Health Care and Social Assistance
$69,470
Educational Services
$67,750

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 $48,250 to $105,760. The highest paying state for civil engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $105,760. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $48,250. For more salary information of civil engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$105,760
California
$105,540
District of Columbia
$94,510
Louisiana
$93,770
New Jersey
$93,540
Connecticut
$89,530
New York
$89,180
Texas
$89,120
Washington
$87,930
Tennessee
$87,450
New Mexico
$86,540
Delaware
$86,500
Nevada
$86,450
Massachusetts
$85,860
Minnesota
$85,650
Illinois
$85,600
Virginia
$85,300
Virgin Islands
$84,980
Oregon
$82,810
Colorado
$82,790
Hawaii
$82,780
Rhode Island
$82,170
Iowa
$81,400
Florida
$80,800
New Hampshire
$80,160
Pennsylvania
$80,120
Oklahoma
$80,030
Nebraska
$79,820
Mississippi
$79,380
West Virginia
$79,380
Ohio
$78,510
Maryland
$78,230
Arizona
$78,100
Indiana
$77,930
Kansas
$76,930
North Carolina
$76,910
Maine
$76,490
Utah
$76,460
Kentucky
$76,330
Michigan
$76,090
Missouri
$76,080
South Carolina
$75,880
Georgia
$75,080
Arkansas
$74,670
Wisconsin
$74,010
North Dakota
$74,010
Wyoming
$73,580
Alabama
$73,440
South Dakota
$73,420
Montana
$72,150
Vermont
$72,110
Idaho
$71,440
Guam
$56,470
Puerto Rico
$48,250



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