Civil Engineering Salary

civil-engineer-salary-chart-template.jpgCivil engineers oversee, design, and plan construction and maintenance of building structures, airport facilities, railroads, roads, dams, channels, harbors, bridges, pipelines, water and sewage systems, and power plants.

Salary

The mean annual wage of civil engineers is $84,140. The median annual salary is $79,340. The lowest 10% of civil engineers earns $51,280, and the top 10% earns $122,020 a year.

The best industries for employment as civil engineers are architectural, engineering, and related services (132,990 employed: $86,170 yearly); the state government (33,770; $76,520); and the local government (28,910; $84,470). The top paying industry is commercial and industrial machinery/equipment (excluding electronic and automotive) maintenance and repair: $138,780 a year.

The three top paying states are Rhode Island ($97,720), California ($95,750), and Texas ($94,790).

Job Outlook

The outlook of civil engineers is expected to increase by 20% between 2012 and 2022 (faster than average). Building, bridge, dams and existing water systems will require repair and improvement. Other projects include renewable energy and photovoltaic (solar) panel projects. While some states may have difficulty funding all projects, it will be inevitable to maintain and/or build critical infrastructure.

Civil Engineering Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $43,110 $68,150 $108,120 $71,910
Alaska $60,220 $89,800 $129,610 $93,650
Arizona $52,990 $81,920 $135,130 $86,780
Arkansas $43,140 $70,390 $104,210 $72,570
California $59,570 $93,880 $133,970 $95,750
Colorado $54,050 $81,240 $116,930 $83,780
Connecticut $55,350 $80,110 $117,450 $83,630
Florida $50,680 $78,580 $119,390 $82,890
Georgia $47,560 $74,700 $130,690 $85,820
Hawaii $50,210 $76,260 $109,730 $78,270
Idaho $52,300 $74,060 $110,670 $77,900
Illinois $51,630 $78,760 $119,590 $82,120
Indiana $46,050 $68,610 $104,460 $74,320
Iowa $47,060 $76,680 $109,340 $77,220
Kansas $49,260 $70,980 $105,130 $73,670
Kentucky $46,090 $72,890 $100,900 $73,690
Louisiana $54,850 $86,190 $130,950 $91,110
Maine $47,870 $69,350 $98,720 $72,100
Maryland $52,710 $79,950 $139,560 $89,110
Massachusetts $52,380 $77,040 $115,890 $81,480
Michigan $44,290 $68,910 $97,390 $70,290
Minnesota $52,380 $75,490 $111,240 $78,130
Mississippi $44,020 $72,300 $117,480 $76,570
Missouri $48,400 $69,350 $108,090 $73,550
Montana $42,660 $61,840 $91,640 $64,880
Nebraska $47,240 $73,780 $106,360 $74,910
Nevada $55,520 $86,720 $124,120 $88,230
New Hampshire $46,120 $70,980 $97,690 $72,510
New Jersey $55,860 $86,150 $131,050 $91,450
New Mexico $53,350 $77,470 $120,580 $82,910
New York $56,920 $80,610 $129,570 $87,190
North Carolina $50,540 $71,800 $112,880 $77,810
North Dakota $44,320 $67,860 $97,870 $69,330
Ohio $46,990 $71,260 $104,870 $73,430
Oklahoma $48,950 $82,330 $132,570 $85,820
Oregon $50,540 $75,890 $112,640 $78,960
Pennsylvania $51,360 $72,880 $115,940 $78,190
Rhode Island $58,400 $86,630 $139,320 $97,720
South Carolina $43,960 $73,290 $116,000 $76,870
South Dakota $46,060 $62,460 $94,100 $66,030
Tennessee $51,250 $81,260 $126,000 $84,980
Texas $53,090 $85,010 $151,200 $94,790
Utah $51,140 $73,650 $115,760 $80,300
Vermont $46,650 $66,490 $94,200 $69,660
Virginia $50,580 $77,650 $115,750 $80,890
Washington $60,240 $82,210 $118,080 $84,930
West Virginia $43,100 $70,380 $95,210 $72,000
Wisconsin $50,240 $70,650 $104,050 $73,810
Wyoming $49,870 $68,820 $93,230 $70,610