Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
258,100 1.1 % $40.45 $84,140 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.65 $30.30 $38.14 $48.24 $58.66
Annual Wage (2) $51,280 $63,030 $79,340 $100,330 $122,020


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 132,990 10.23 $41.43 $86,170
State Government (OES Designation) 33,770 1.53 $36.79 $76,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 28,910 0.53 $40.61 $84,470
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,020 2.14 $39.11 $81,350
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,480 0.51 $41.98 $87,320

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 132,990 10.23 $41.43 $86,170
Other Pipeline Transportation 170 2.60 $44.21 $91,960
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 220 2.52 $42.29 $87,960
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,020 2.14 $39.11 $81,350
State Government (OES Designation) 33,770 1.53 $36.79 $76,520

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) $66.72 $138,780
Specialized Design Services 60 0.05 $50.71 $105,470
Urban Transit Systems (8) (8) $50.33 $104,690
Oil and Gas Extraction 230 0.13 $49.35 $102,640
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 50 0.01 $49.11 $102,150


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 34,900 2.44 1.23 $46.03 $95,750
Texas 23,070 2.18 1.10 $45.57 $94,790
Florida 13,360 1.84 0.93 $39.85 $82,890
Pennsylvania 13,040 2.33 1.18 $37.59 $78,190
New York 13,020 1.52 0.77 $41.92 $87,190




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 1,540 4.84 2.44 $45.02 $93,650
Washington 12,130 4.39 2.22 $40.83 $84,930
Hawaii 2,080 3.54 1.79 $37.63 $78,270
South Carolina 5,760 3.21 1.62 $36.96 $76,870
Wyoming 860 3.08 1.56 $33.95 $70,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 580 1.28 0.65 $46.98 $97,720
California 34,900 2.44 1.23 $46.03 $95,750
Texas 23,070 2.18 1.10 $45.57 $94,790
Alaska 1,540 4.84 2.44 $45.02 $93,650
New Jersey 6,950 1.83 0.92 $43.97 $91,450





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 10,050 3.81 1.92 $51.19 $106,480
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,200 1.40 0.70 $44.58 $92,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,660 1.72 0.87 $44.24 $92,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,160 2.63 1.33 $40.23 $83,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,910 4.19 2.12 $41.55 $86,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,460 1.50 0.76 $40.29 $83,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,720 2.09 1.05 $43.68 $90,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 4,240 4.37 2.20 $48.34 $100,560
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 4,010 3.26 1.65 $40.96 $85,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,000 2.19 1.11 $40.65 $84,560