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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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, and geotechnical 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)
310,850 1.0 % $45.36 $94,360 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.63 $32.76 $41.86 $54.60 $69.50
Annual Wage (2) $55,380 $68,130 $87,060 $113,580 $144,560


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 168,270 11.23 $46.34 $96,400
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 36,160 1.66 $41.38 $86,070
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 31,240 0.56 $46.46 $96,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,590 2.23 $40.21 $83,630
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,260 0.46 $45.47 $94,580

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 168,270 11.23 $46.34 $96,400
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,590 2.23 $40.21 $83,630
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,420 1.97 $42.24 $87,860
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 36,160 1.66 $41.38 $86,070
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 360 1.21 $48.92 $101,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 610 0.43 $62.44 $129,870
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $59.79 $124,360
Waste Treatment and Disposal 230 0.22 $59.38 $123,510
Communications Equipment Manufacturing 40 0.05 $58.20 $121,050
Social Advocacy Organizations 130 0.06 $56.74 $118,020


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 49,090 2.82 1.33 $53.12 $110,480
Texas 27,920 2.25 1.06 $46.39 $96,480
New York 16,400 1.72 0.81 $49.43 $102,820
Florida 16,060 1.83 0.86 $43.68 $90,850
Pennsylvania 12,260 2.08 0.98 $41.85 $87,050




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 1,590 5.02 2.37 $48.49 $100,860
Colorado 10,090 3.77 1.78 $45.61 $94,870
Washington 11,580 3.49 1.65 $46.05 $95,780
Wyoming 900 3.30 1.56 $43.54 $90,570
Hawaii 2,050 3.22 1.52 $41.51 $86,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 49,090 2.82 1.33 $53.12 $110,480
Louisiana 2,850 1.48 0.70 $50.48 $104,990
New Jersey 7,420 1.81 0.86 $49.50 $102,950
New York 16,400 1.72 0.81 $49.43 $102,820
District of Columbia 1,420 1.97 0.93 $48.92 $101,750





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,020 2.57 1.21 $51.86 $107,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 15,860 1.64 0.78 $51.17 $106,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 10,930 4.42 2.09 $57.75 $120,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,740 3.52 1.66 $51.87 $107,890
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,380 2.95 1.39 $48.95 $101,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,480 1.81 0.86 $44.98 $93,560
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 6,940 4.58 2.17 $45.95 $95,570
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 6,870 3.40 1.61 $46.46 $96,640
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,190 2.21 1.04 $45.80 $95,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,950 1.63 0.77 $48.53 $100,950