Civil engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Civil engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $106,050
Alaska $107,080
New Jersey $97,060
Texas $92,300
New York $92,810
Nevada $87,850
District of Columbia $95,630
Louisiana $94,200
Virginia $88,070
Massachusetts $88,780
Tennessee $85,110
Illinois $87,257
Connecticut $89,960
Colorado $86,810
Washington $88,450
Kentucky $84,490
Hawaii $86,680
Delaware $87,410
Oklahoma $84,100
Minnesota $88,750
Kansas $82,340
New Hampshire $83,970
Florida $83,180
New Mexico $85,900
Oregon $85,860
Rhode Island $83,420
Missouri $78,250
Idaho $78,280
North Carolina $80,480
Maryland $78,620
Mississippi $80,350
Wyoming $75,950
South Carolina $77,200
Nebraska $80,750
Iowa $82,350
North Dakota $78,820
Arizona $79,410
Pennsylvania $76,594
Michigan $77,160
West Virginia $79,890
Ohio $78,380
Maine $79,560
Georgia $74,780
Utah $77,010
Indiana $74,714
Arkansas $75,480
Wisconsin $74,850
Alabama $73,415
Montana $74,260
South Dakota $73,660
Vermont $72,050
Guam $59,180
Virgin Islands $60,980
Puerto Rico $48,610

How much does a Civil Engineer earn?

The average starting salary for civil engineers is approximately the same as the average of all professions that require the same educational level. However, civil engineering provides greater opportunities for advancement than many other career choices. For those who like to innovate and meet society’s growing needs, civil engineering offers some outstanding opportunities for growth. These innovators end up becoming the leaders in the field, both in the positions that they hold and in the salaries they get paid.

The wide range of civil engineering salaries can be attributed to a number of factors. Since these statistics take into consideration all practicing civil engineers, the biggest factor is experience. Civil engineers who have just graduated from college don’t earn as much as experienced civil engineers. Experienced civil engineers are compensated for their ongoing education and what they’ve learned by practical application of their skills.

Education and certifications can also affect civil engineers’ salaries. A small percentage of civil engineers go on to receive their master’s degrees, and this added education results in higher salaries and more responsibility. Other certifications can prepare a civil engineer for management positions, which of course pay better.

Another major factor that can affect the salary of a civil engineer is their reputation. A civil engineer who has been responsible for the design of a major project, especially one that stands out, is in very high demand. These top civil engineers can negotiate for higher salaries and they have the ability to select which jobs they choose to work on.

How do civil engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Civil engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than product safety engineers but more than locomotive engineers.

Career Median Salary
Product safety engineer salary $89K
Computer systems engineer salary $90K
Mechanical engineer salary $87K
Water engineer salary $88K
Industrial engineer salary $87K
Civil engineer salary $78K
Agricultural engineer salary $77K
Ship engineer salary $71K
Engineer salary $61K
Locomotive engineer salary $62K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)