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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
306,030 1.0 % $45.06 $93,720 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.34 $32.42 $41.65 $54.25 $68.54
Annual Wage (2) $54,780 $67,430 $86,640 $112,850 $142,560


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 167,000 11.52 $45.98 $95,630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 32,520 1.49 $41.28 $85,870
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 31,550 0.58 $45.61 $94,870
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,860 2.21 $40.11 $83,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,990 0.45 $45.48 $94,610

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 167,000 11.52 $45.98 $95,630
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,860 2.21 $40.11 $83,440
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,590 2.20 $45.29 $94,210
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 32,520 1.49 $41.28 $85,870
Natural Gas Distribution 1,220 1.12 $48.67 $101,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 80 0.02 $59.82 $124,430
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,260 0.34 $58.57 $121,830
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.34 $57.85 $120,330
Waste Treatment and Disposal 210 0.21 $56.42 $117,340
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 360 0.09 $56.20 $116,890


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 45,060 2.65 1.25 $52.73 $109,680
Texas 24,460 2.02 0.95 $49.51 $102,990
New York 16,790 1.79 0.85 $49.16 $102,250
Florida 16,750 1.95 0.92 $43.02 $89,480
Pennsylvania 12,530 2.14 1.01 $42.66 $88,740




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)
Colorado 10,680 4.08 1.93 $44.98 $93,560
Alaska 1,260 4.01 1.90 $60.32 $125,470
Washington 11,440 3.51 1.66 $44.77 $93,120
North Dakota 1,340 3.21 1.52 $40.13 $83,460
Hawaii 2,030 3.16 1.49 $41.67 $86,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,260 4.01 1.90 $60.32 $125,470
California 45,060 2.65 1.25 $52.73 $109,680
New Jersey 8,020 1.98 0.94 $49.88 $103,760
Texas 24,460 2.02 0.95 $49.51 $102,990
New York 16,790 1.79 0.85 $49.16 $102,250





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 16,480 1.73 0.82 $51.67 $107,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 14,480 2.37 1.12 $52.09 $108,340
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 10,400 4.30 2.03 $56.23 $116,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,420 3.16 1.49 $55.48 $115,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 9,200 2.94 1.39 $47.94 $99,720
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 8,420 1.81 0.86 $46.23 $96,160
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 7,230 4.89 2.31 $45.32 $94,270
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,990 2.60 1.23 $40.60 $84,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,450 2.34 1.11 $45.73 $95,120
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 6,420 3.24 1.53 $45.27 $94,170