Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
298,910 1.2 % $44.13 $91,790 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.04 $31.86 $40.75 $52.85 $66.40
Annual Wage (2) $54,150 $66,260 $84,770 $109,930 $138,110


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 161,800 11.41 $44.65 $92,880
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 32,200 1.47 $41.10 $85,480
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 30,500 0.56 $44.31 $92,170
Nonresidential Building Construction 20,850 2.67 $42.42 $88,230
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,330 0.46 $44.53 $92,620

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 161,800 11.41 $44.65 $92,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 20,850 2.67 $42.42 $88,230
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,530 2.27 $45.14 $93,890
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 32,200 1.47 $41.10 $85,480
Land Subdivision 520 1.30 $39.16 $81,450

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) $71.86 $149,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,720 0.27 $59.70 $124,170
Oil and Gas Extraction 360 0.27 $57.06 $118,690
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 400 0.10 $56.38 $117,270
Waste Treatment and Disposal 210 0.22 $53.69 $111,680


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 42,900 2.57 1.23 $51.78 $107,710
Texas 27,000 2.27 1.08 $48.25 $100,370
Florida 16,290 1.94 0.92 $42.74 $88,900
New York 16,100 1.75 0.83 $45.53 $94,700
Pennsylvania 12,060 2.09 0.99 $42.26 $87,890




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 9,480 3.71 1.77 $42.76 $88,950
Alaska 1,150 3.62 1.73 $59.02 $122,760
Washington 10,910 3.42 1.63 $44.29 $92,110
Hawaii 2,120 3.35 1.60 $40.73 $84,720
Montana 1,510 3.27 1.56 $36.03 $74,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,150 3.62 1.73 $59.02 $122,760
California 42,900 2.57 1.23 $51.78 $107,710
New Jersey 7,500 1.87 0.89 $49.12 $102,170
Texas 27,000 2.27 1.08 $48.25 $100,370
District of Columbia 1,150 1.63 0.78 $47.92 $99,680



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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 11,370 1.70 0.81 $48.47 $100,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,030 3.42 1.63 $55.45 $115,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,060 1.82 0.87 $52.11 $108,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,490 2.04 0.98 $44.69 $92,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 7,290 2.78 1.33 $44.09 $91,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 7,020 2.78 1.33 $47.27 $98,310
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 6,480 4.49 2.14 $43.23 $89,910
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 5,570 3.45 1.64 $50.18 $104,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,400 3.28 1.56 $45.15 $93,910
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 4,800 4.21 2.01 $54.37 $113,090


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Walla Walla, WA 290 11.45 5.46 $45.57 $94,790
Carson City, NV 240 8.48 4.05 $34.26 $71,260
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 730 6.65 3.17 $38.73 $80,550
Bismarck, ND 440 6.08 2.90 $40.04 $83,280
Yuba City, CA 240 5.66 2.70 $51.13 $106,340
Ames, IA 230 5.32 2.54 $39.30 $81,750
Trenton, NJ 1,190 5.17 2.46 $44.63 $92,840
Fairbanks, AK 190 5.07 2.42 (8) (8)
Cheyenne, WY 220 4.95 2.36 $36.76 $76,460
Raleigh, NC 2,980 4.91 2.34 $39.90 $82,990