Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
262,170 1.1 % $41.17 $85,640 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.91 $30.70 $38.83 $48.88 $60.67
Annual Wage (2) $51,810 $63,850 $80,770 $101,660 $126,190


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 135,760 10.17 $42.13 $87,620
State Government (OES Designation) 34,900 1.59 $37.32 $77,620
Local Government (OES Designation) 28,720 0.52 $41.36 $86,040
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,400 2.16 $39.09 $81,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,070 0.50 $42.21 $87,790

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 135,760 10.17 $42.13 $87,620
Nonresidential Building Construction 14,400 2.16 $39.09 $81,310
State Government (OES Designation) 34,900 1.59 $37.32 $77,620
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.44 $44.96 $93,510
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 290 1.02 $46.07 $95,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 370 0.19 $57.11 $118,790
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $53.32 $110,910
Waste Treatment and Disposal 590 0.62 $48.92 $101,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing (8) (8) $48.89 $101,700
Specialized Design Services 80 0.07 $48.77 $101,440


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 37,900 2.58 1.30 $46.77 $97,280
Texas 23,550 2.16 1.09 $47.39 $98,560
Florida 12,920 1.73 0.88 $40.07 $83,350
New York 12,800 1.48 0.75 $43.09 $89,630
Pennsylvania 12,550 2.23 1.13 $39.23 $81,600




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)
Washington 11,830 4.18 2.12 $40.79 $84,840
Hawaii 2,070 3.43 1.74 $37.93 $78,890
Alaska 1,100 3.40 1.72 $47.29 $98,360
Wyoming 920 3.30 1.67 $34.67 $72,110
South Carolina 5,920 3.24 1.64 $36.56 $76,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 23,550 2.16 1.09 $47.39 $98,560
Alaska 1,100 3.40 1.72 $47.29 $98,360
California 37,900 2.58 1.30 $46.77 $97,280
Rhode Island 690 1.50 0.76 $46.02 $95,720
New Jersey 6,720 1.76 0.89 $44.41 $92,380





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 10,700 3.88 1.96 $53.21 $110,670
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,580 1.45 0.73 $46.13 $95,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,490 1.88 0.95 $45.79 $95,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,160 1.66 0.84 $44.11 $91,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,150 4.24 2.15 $41.46 $86,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 5,760 2.43 1.23 $42.74 $88,890
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 4,810 5.74 2.90 $47.32 $98,430
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 4,620 4.60 2.33 $49.38 $102,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,330 1.88 0.95 $43.91 $91,330
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,960 3.07 1.55 $43.85 $91,200