How much does a Civil Engineer make in California?

484 salaries reported, updated at April 17, 2021
$98,588
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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Salaries by years of experience in California

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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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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Information tooltip for top skills.Top skillsMicrosoft Project+15.53%salary
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+15.53%
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+29.82%
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+18.62%
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Project Management
+4.73%
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Engineering Degree
+7.32%
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+22.70%
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Information tooltip for top licenses.Top licensesFundamentals of Engineering+6.52%salary
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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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