Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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, and water and sewage systems. Includes architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Excludes "Hydrologists" (19-2043).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
249,120 1.1 % $39.56 $82,280 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.31 $29.61 $37.29 $47.11 $57.37
Annual Wage (2) $50,560 $61,590 $77,560 $97,990 $119,320


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 127,490 9.97 $40.06 $83,320
State Government (OES Designation) 32,840 1.43 $36.79 $76,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 28,190 0.50 $39.15 $81,430
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,330 2.01 $40.19 $83,590
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,630 0.52 $41.84 $87,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 127,490 9.97 $40.06 $83,320
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,600 3.67 $47.70 $99,210
Nonresidential Building Construction 13,330 2.01 $40.19 $83,590
Other Pipeline Transportation 140 1.97 $45.73 $95,120
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 390 1.45 $46.34 $96,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $64.34 $133,830
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $53.93 $112,180
Oil and Gas Extraction 440 0.29 $50.60 $105,250
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,600 3.67 $47.70 $99,210
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 390 1.45 $46.34 $96,390


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 36,120 2.58 1.32 $45.66 $94,970
Texas 21,880 2.17 1.11 $42.84 $89,110
Florida 14,190 2.00 1.02 $38.85 $80,810
New York 13,390 1.61 0.82 $40.09 $83,380
Pennsylvania 12,230 2.23 1.14 $36.63 $76,190




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,510 4.90 2.50 $42.96 $89,350
Washington 12,000 4.46 2.27 $38.67 $80,430
Colorado 7,330 3.40 1.73 $38.23 $79,530
Hawaii 1,870 3.28 1.67 $35.40 $73,620
Wyoming 830 3.07 1.57 $33.37 $69,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 36,120 2.58 1.32 $45.66 $94,970
Louisiana 3,890 2.13 1.08 $44.58 $92,730
Alaska 1,510 4.90 2.50 $42.96 $89,350
Texas 21,880 2.17 1.11 $42.84 $89,110
New Jersey 6,270 1.66 0.85 $42.56 $88,520

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,070 4.03 2.06 $49.82 $103,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,120 1.87 0.95 $43.64 $90,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,420 1.29 0.66 $43.43 $90,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,140 2.68 1.37 $42.46 $88,320
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,940 4.41 2.25 $39.41 $81,970
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,990 3.01 1.54 $41.95 $87,250
Denver-Aurora, CO 4,400 3.72 1.90 $39.51 $82,180
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 4,340 3.16 1.61 $46.94 $97,630
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 4,290 1.21 0.62 $37.91 $78,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 4,200 4.42 2.26 $46.34 $96,390




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 1,840 19.11 9.75 $43.26 $89,980
College Station-Bryan, TX 800 8.67 4.42 $29.58 $61,520
Carson City, NV 240 8.66 4.42 $34.25 $71,250
Olympia, WA 720 7.67 3.91 $34.32 $71,390
Yuba City, CA 270 7.25 3.70 $46.42 $96,550
Bismarck, ND 420 6.74 3.44 $32.85 $68,320
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 1,230 6.09 3.11 (8) (8)
Pueblo, CO 330 6.03 3.08 $42.43 $88,240
Fairbanks, AK 210 6.00 3.06 $39.28 $81,700
Anchorage, AK 960 5.83 2.97 $44.59 $92,740