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Civil Engineer salary in California

How much does a Civil Engineer make in California?

Average base salary

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The average salary for a civil engineer is $88,407 per year in California. 471 salaries reported, updated at June 28, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in California

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 California

  1. Supertech Group
    6 reviews8 salaries reported
    $338,681per year
  2. $164,058per year
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Highest paying cities for Civil Engineers in California

  1. San Jose, CA
    $94,780 per year
    6 salaries reported
  2. El Segundo, CA
    $92,740 per year
    6 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $89,529 per year
    32 salaries reported
  1. Martinez, CA
    $87,601 per year
    5 salaries reported
  2. Sacramento, CA
    $87,248 per year
    28 salaries reported
  3. Hayward, CA
    $85,655 per year
    5 salaries reported
  1. Carlsbad, CA
    $83,743 per year
    6 salaries reported
  2. Ventura, CA
    $81,661 per year
    8 salaries reported
  3. Bakersfield, CA
    $81,082 per year
    6 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 license

Fundamentals of Engineering

earn +6.52% more

The jobs requiring this license have increase by 13.66% since 2018. Civil Engineers with this license earn +6.52% more than the average base salary, which is $88,407 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
2012425increase by 425
20131283increase by 201.88%
20141666increase by 29.85%
20151424decrease by 14.53%
20161618increase by 13.62%
20171695increase by 4.76%
20182145increase by 26.55%
20192438increase by 13.66%

Top companies hiring Civil Engineers on Indeed

City of Napa, CA
County of Los Angeles
US Natural Resources Conservation Service
City of Livermore, CA
County Of El Dorado
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Top schools offering Fundamentals of Engineering

Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy

1 review

Mississippi State University

Top skills
Microsoft Project
Top fields of study
Engineering Degree

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 California?


29,029 job openings

Average $63,394 per year

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