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Civil engineer salary in United States

How much does a Civil Engineer make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $89,346
Low $60,753
High $131,397
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a civil engineer is $89,346 per year in the United States. 11.1k salaries reported, updated at December 7, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Civil Engineers in United States

  1. Engineering Resource Group
    11 reviews12 salaries reported
    $126,282per year
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Highest paying cities for Civil Engineers near United States

  1. Martinez, CA
    $114,140 per year
    6 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $103,991 per year
    172 salaries reported
  3. Sacramento, CA
    $103,207 per year
    67 salaries reported
  1. Cherry Hill, NJ
    $98,672 per year
    16 salaries reported
  2. Santa Ana, CA
    $95,615 per year
    26 salaries reported
  3. Colorado Springs, CO
    $93,189 per year
    35 salaries reported
  1. Baltimore, MD
    $88,941 per year
    34 salaries reported
  2. Charlotte, NC
    $87,916 per year
    193 salaries reported
  3. Philadelphia, PA
    $80,900 per year
    119 salaries reported
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Where can a Civil Engineer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Civil Engineers

Most recommended skill

Project Engineering(earn +18.62% more)

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 77.73% since 2018. Civil Engineers with this skill earn +18.62% more than the average base salary, which is $89,346 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20111increase by 1
2012241increase by 24000.00%
2013522increase by 116.60%
2014590increase by 13.03%
2015463decrease by 21.53%
2016547increase by 18.14%
2017410decrease by 25.05%
2018422increase by 2.93%
2019750increase by 77.73%

Top companies hiring Civil Engineers with the recommended skill

Black & Veatch
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
County of Santa Cruz
Washington Department of Natural Resources
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Top fields of study
Engineering Degree
Top licenses
Fundamentals of Engineering

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
63 jobs127
26 jobs58
2 jobs3
55 jobs109
330 jobs568
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Most common benefits for Civil Engineers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness program
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 496 ratings

61% of Civil Engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


Job openings

Average $100,248 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Civil Engineer

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