Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

17-2051 Civil Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Include architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Exclude "Hydrologists" (19-2043).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
259,320 1.2 % $39.03 $81,180 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.86 $29.16 $36.82 $46.54 $56.88
Annual Wage (2) $49,620 $60,650 $76,590 $96,800 $118,320


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 135,560 $39.44 $82,040
State Government (OES Designation) 32,780 $36.48 $75,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 28,400 $38.55 $80,190
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,470 $38.18 $79,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,130 $42.33 $88,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and Gas Extraction 400 $51.65 $107,430
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 $51.49 $107,100
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) $48.72 $101,330
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 370 $46.48 $96,690
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 130 $45.03 $93,650


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 1,410 $41.05 $85,380 4.579
Washington 12,590 $38.79 $80,690 4.515
Colorado 7,910 $37.03 $77,010 3.542
Hawaii 1,760 $36.89 $76,730 2.993
Maryland 6,840 $41.18 $85,660 2.733

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 710 $45.09 $93,790 1.116
California 38,430 $44.19 $91,910 2.645
Texas 26,390 $42.28 $87,950 2.565
New Jersey 6,410 $41.87 $87,090 1.666
Louisiana 3,600 $41.73 $86,790 1.925


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 1,800 $42.32 $88,030 19.112
Jefferson City, MO 780 $31.14 $64,760 9.625
Carson City, NV 250 $32.65 $67,920 8.562
Olympia, WA 750 $35.40 $73,640 7.864
Huntsville, AL 1,320 $45.00 $93,590 6.438

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,900 $50.05 $104,110 2.138
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 12,760 $49.52 $102,990 4.978
Midland, TX 30 $47.99 $99,810 0.514
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 2,430 $47.91 $99,650 2.033
Baton Rouge, LA 1,390 $47.81 $99,430 3.806


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010