Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
287,800 1.1 % $43.14 $89,730 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.71 $31.41 $40.16 $51.51 $63.89
Annual Wage (2) $53,470 $65,330 $83,540 $107,140 $132,880


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 153,310 10.95 $43.59 $90,670
State Government (OES Designation) 33,530 1.53 $39.57 $82,300
Local Government (OES Designation) 29,590 0.55 $43.21 $89,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,770 2.47 $41.87 $87,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,360 0.46 $43.88 $91,270

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 153,310 10.95 $43.59 $90,670
Nonresidential Building Construction 18,770 2.47 $41.87 $87,100
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,550 2.30 $47.07 $97,910
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 200 1.91 $51.24 $106,570
State Government (OES Designation) 33,530 1.53 $39.57 $82,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing (8) (8) $69.69 $144,960
Oil and Gas Extraction 620 0.34 $60.10 $125,010
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,110 0.16 $59.24 $123,220
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 340 0.09 $56.85 $118,250
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 520 0.11 $52.47 $109,130


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 38,440 2.41 1.17 $50.27 $104,570
Texas 26,580 2.26 1.10 $47.99 $99,810
Florida 16,930 2.06 1.00 $41.59 $86,520
New York 15,450 1.70 0.83 $44.24 $92,020
Pennsylvania 12,490 2.17 1.06 $42.12 $87,600




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)
Alaska 1,210 3.74 1.82 $57.97 $120,580
Washington 11,270 3.67 1.79 $43.19 $89,840
Montana 1,590 3.51 1.71 $34.59 $71,960
Colorado 8,650 3.45 1.68 $42.75 $88,920
Hawaii 2,150 3.41 1.66 $39.49 $82,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,210 3.74 1.82 $57.97 $120,580
District of Columbia 990 1.41 0.69 $51.54 $107,210
California 38,440 2.41 1.17 $50.27 $104,570
Texas 26,580 2.26 1.10 $47.99 $99,810
New Jersey 7,450 1.88 0.92 $47.56 $98,930





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,010 1.67 0.82 $46.70 $97,130
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,690 3.64 1.78 $54.61 $113,580
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,360 2.02 0.99 $43.69 $90,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,070 2.77 1.35 $44.80 $93,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,520 2.62 1.28 $45.46 $94,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,330 1.50 0.73 $52.09 $108,340
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 5,790 4.09 2.00 $42.93 $89,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,770 3.63 1.77 $42.91 $89,260
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,800 3.46 1.69 $44.59 $92,760
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,670 2.59 1.26 $44.14 $91,820