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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Civil Engineers
Industry profile for Civil Engineers
Geographic profile for Civil Engineers

National estimates for Civil Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Civil Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
304,310 1.3 % $ 45.91 $ 95,490 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Civil Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.11 $ 35.70 $ 42.33 $ 56.38 $ 64.10
Annual Wage (2) $ 60,550 $ 74,250 $ 88,050 $ 117,270 $ 133,320


Industry profile for Civil Engineers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Civil Engineers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Civil Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Civil Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 161,310 10.67 $ 46.85 $ 97,450
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 34,570 1.57 $ 43.07 $ 89,580
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 32,640 0.61 $ 47.92 $ 99,680
Nonresidential Building Construction 19,370 2.49 $ 38.00 $ 79,030
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 9,890 0.47 $ 47.62 $ 99,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Civil Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 161,310 10.67 $ 46.85 $ 97,450
Nonresidential Building Construction 19,370 2.49 $ 38.00 $ 79,030
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 34,570 1.57 $ 43.07 $ 89,580
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 420 1.38 $ 44.84 $ 93,270
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 4,820 1.36 $ 41.95 $ 87,260

Top paying industries for Civil Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 430 0.40 $ 83.92 $ 174,550
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 780 0.17 $ 62.22 $ 129,420
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 280 0.04 $ 60.62 $ 126,090
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $ 59.96 $ 124,710
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing (8) (8) $ 56.84 $ 118,220


Geographic profile for Civil Engineers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Civil Engineers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Civil Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of civil engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Civil Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 46,300 2.80 1.30 $ 52.83 $ 109,890
Texas 27,840 2.28 1.05 $ 45.42 $ 94,470
Florida 15,900 1.85 0.86 $ 45.22 $ 94,050
New York 14,890 1.72 0.80 $ 48.01 $ 99,860
Illinois 12,600 2.24 1.04 $ 46.00 $ 95,670


Map of location quotient of civil engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Civil Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,580 5.33 2.47 $ 51.17 $ 106,440
Colorado 11,010 4.20 1.94 $ 48.46 $ 100,800
Washington 11,610 3.62 1.68 $ 46.80 $ 97,340
Hawaii 1,960 3.58 1.66 $ 41.00 $ 85,280
Montana 1,550 3.30 1.53 $ 38.44 $ 79,960


Map of annual mean wages of civil engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Civil Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 46,300 2.80 1.30 $ 52.83 $ 109,890
Alaska 1,580 5.33 2.47 $ 51.17 $ 106,440
Delaware 1,080 2.47 1.15 $ 50.78 $ 105,620
Rhode Island 1,050 2.30 1.06 $ 50.01 $ 104,010
New Jersey 8,100 2.10 0.97 $ 49.59 $ 103,140



Map of employment of civil engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Civil Engineers:

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 14,460 1.67 0.77 $ 51.43 $ 106,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,220 2.14 0.99 $ 52.24 $ 108,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 9,930 3.43 1.59 $ 50.44 $ 104,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 9,710 4.33 2.00 $ 56.04 $ 116,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,230 2.18 1.01 $ 47.29 $ 98,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 7,600 2.59 1.20 $ 48.14 $ 100,120
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 7,300 3.81 1.76 $ 48.43 $ 100,730
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 6,880 4.70 2.18 $ 49.03 $ 101,980
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,020 2.33 1.08 $ 48.24 $ 100,330
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,880 1.64 0.76 $ 44.87 $ 93,340


Map of location quotient of civil engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Civil Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Carson City, NV 310 10.28 4.76 $ 36.40 $ 75,700
Yuba City, CA 400 8.60 3.98 $ 49.99 $ 103,990
Walla Walla, WA 210 8.03 3.72 $ 47.75 $ 99,320
Fairbanks, AK 280 8.02 3.71 $ 49.00 $ 101,920
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 730 6.56 3.04 $ 45.11 $ 93,820
Bismarck, ND 450 6.53 3.02 $ 40.93 $ 85,140
Anchorage, AK 1,020 6.32 2.93 $ 52.31 $ 108,800
Raleigh, NC 3,700 5.85 2.71 $ 45.11 $ 93,840
Ames, IA 260 5.77 2.67 $ 41.49 $ 86,300
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 5,090 5.18 2.40 $ 55.34 $ 115,120