How much does a Civil Engineer make in California?

484 salaries reported, updated at April 17, 2021
per year

The average salary for a civil engineer is $98,588 per year in California.

13% higher
than national average

Most common benefits

  • Health insurance
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Health savings account
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k)
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Best-paid skills and qualifications for civil engineers

Most recommended skill

Project Engineering

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 $98,588 per year.


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Most common benefits for Civil Engineers

  • Health insurance
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Health savings account
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Wellness program
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Life insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible spending account
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Salary satisfaction

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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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