Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3022 Civil Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


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)
77,050 1.3 % $23.05 $47,940 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.97 $17.27 $22.26 $27.77 $33.87
Annual Wage (2) $29,060 $35,930 $46,290 $57,760 $70,450


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 35,050 2.74 $22.91 $47,660
State Government (OES Designation) 21,650 0.94 $20.84 $43,340
Local Government (OES Designation) 14,150 0.25 $26.26 $54,620
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 910 0.03 $21.68 $45,100
Nonresidential Building Construction 560 0.09 $22.87 $47,580

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 35,050 2.74 $22.91 $47,660
State Government (OES Designation) 21,650 0.94 $20.84 $43,340
Natural Gas Distribution 460 0.42 $28.24 $58,730
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 150 0.31 $27.41 $57,010
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 310 0.31 $24.16 $50,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 30 0.12 $29.81 $62,000
Natural Gas Distribution 460 0.42 $28.24 $58,730
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 150 0.31 $27.41 $57,010
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 0.06 $27.19 $56,550
Metal Ore Mining 70 0.22 $26.96 $56,080


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)
Texas 11,760 1.17 1.92 $19.69 $40,950
California 7,610 0.54 0.90 $30.01 $62,420
Florida 4,020 0.57 0.93 $23.92 $49,760
North Carolina 3,500 0.93 1.53 $21.19 $44,070
Pennsylvania 2,610 0.48 0.79 $22.08 $45,920




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)
North Dakota 460 1.29 2.13 $20.40 $42,440
Mississippi 1,310 1.23 2.02 $16.85 $35,060
Wyoming 320 1.19 1.97 $21.58 $44,880
Texas 11,760 1.17 1.92 $19.69 $40,950
Kansas 1,500 1.15 1.90 $23.06 $47,970




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,610 0.54 0.90 $30.01 $62,420
Connecticut 540 0.34 0.56 $29.53 $61,420
Alaska 310 1.01 1.67 $28.75 $59,790
District of Columbia 400 0.63 1.04 $27.71 $57,630
Minnesota 2,550 0.99 1.64 $26.64 $55,410

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 2,330 0.93 1.54 $21.67 $45,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.80 1.32 $25.98 $54,040
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,650 0.98 1.62 $27.63 $57,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.42 0.69 $31.06 $64,600
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,350 1.77 2.92 $22.51 $46,830
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,230 0.99 1.64 $23.63 $49,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.58 0.95 $20.41 $42,450
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,130 0.67 1.11 $22.52 $46,830
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,090 2.23 3.68 $22.28 $46,340
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,040 1.10 1.81 $26.35 $54,810





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)
Carson City, NV 160 5.97 9.85 $24.55 $51,070
Dover, DE 180 3.14 5.18 $20.09 $41,800
Bismarck, ND 180 2.92 4.82 $20.91 $43,480
College Station-Bryan, TX 270 2.91 4.79 $17.22 $35,820
Ames, IA 110 2.81 4.63 $21.85 $45,460
Topeka, KS 260 2.42 3.99 $18.74 $38,980
Charleston, WV 320 2.27 3.74 $18.24 $37,940
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,090 2.23 3.68 $22.28 $46,340
Wichita Falls, TX 120 2.08 3.44 $17.92 $37,270
Alexandria, LA 130 2.07 3.41 $21.61 $44,960




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 550 0.64 1.06 $36.52 $75,960
Salinas, CA 40 0.27 0.45 $32.69 $67,990
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 840 0.61 1.00 $32.09 $66,740
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.55 0.91 $31.54 $65,590
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.30 $65,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.42 0.69 $31.06 $64,600
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 340 0.63 1.03 $30.98 $64,430
Kingston, NY (8) (8) (8) $30.60 $63,640
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.37 0.62 $30.50 $63,450
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 900 0.72 1.19 $29.93 $62,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 920 3.84 6.33 $16.74 $34,810
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 670 2.44 4.02 $17.58 $36,570
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.76 4.55 $16.97 $35,300
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 360 1.74 2.87 $15.40 $32,040
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 310 2.09 3.44 $22.66 $47,120

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 920 3.84 6.33 $16.74 $34,810
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 150 2.98 4.91 $24.40 $50,750
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 2.76 4.55 $16.97 $35,300
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 670 2.44 4.02 $17.58 $36,570
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.29 3.78 $16.62 $34,570

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.21 1.99 $27.36 $56,920
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.42 $26.53 $55,170
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 0.53 $26.10 $54,290
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 70 1.41 2.33 $25.98 $54,040
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.76 1.25 $24.80 $51,580


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011