Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3022 Civil Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.


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)
71,430 1.4 % $25.77 $53,600 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.49 $18.94 $24.82 $30.67 $37.82
Annual Wage (2) $32,220 $39,390 $51,620 $63,800 $78,660


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 33,820 2.39 $26.09 $54,270
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 19,780 0.90 $22.55 $46,900
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,870 0.22 $29.19 $60,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 520 0.02 $21.45 $44,620
Nonresidential Building Construction 520 0.07 $27.55 $57,300

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 33,820 2.39 $26.09 $54,270
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 19,780 0.90 $22.55 $46,900
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 480 0.43 $24.38 $50,710
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,870 0.22 $29.19 $60,720
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 110 0.22 $31.76 $66,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 40 0.03 $38.54 $80,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $35.71 $74,270
Natural Gas Distribution 240 0.22 $32.65 $67,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 200 0.05 $32.39 $67,370
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 110 0.22 $31.76 $66,060


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)
Texas 11,740 0.99 1.97 $24.83 $51,650
California 9,000 0.54 1.08 $30.93 $64,340
Florida 3,050 0.36 0.72 $24.92 $51,830
North Carolina 2,840 0.66 1.32 $22.32 $46,430
Pennsylvania 2,310 0.40 0.80 $25.80 $53,670




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 490 1.53 3.06 $34.70 $72,170
Vermont 370 1.21 2.42 $25.46 $52,960
Wyoming 300 1.13 2.25 $22.94 $47,720
North Dakota 450 1.08 2.16 $26.04 $54,170
Texas 11,740 0.99 1.97 $24.83 $51,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 490 1.53 3.06 $34.70 $72,170
Connecticut 480 0.29 0.58 $34.02 $70,750
Washington 1,820 0.57 1.14 $31.06 $64,600
California 9,000 0.54 1.08 $30.93 $64,340
New Jersey 790 0.20 0.40 $30.27 $62,970



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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,690 0.92 1.83 $30.70 $63,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,070 0.47 0.93 $35.60 $74,040
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.53 1.05 $26.00 $54,070
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.79 1.57 $30.90 $64,270
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.50 1.00 $25.15 $52,310
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,140 0.59 1.18 $29.27 $60,870
Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,140 1.14 2.28 $25.37 $52,760
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.17 0.33 $30.98 $64,430
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,100 0.77 1.53 $25.26 $52,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,090 0.42 0.83 $25.77 $53,600


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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)
Ames, IA 140 3.16 6.31 $31.78 $66,100
Fairbanks, AK 110 2.99 5.96 $34.92 $72,640
Dover, DE 150 2.41 4.81 $20.82 $43,300
Bismarck, ND 160 2.15 4.29 $25.78 $53,630
Alexandria, LA 120 1.99 3.97 $22.50 $46,810
Cheyenne, WY 90 1.92 3.84 $21.91 $45,580
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 210 1.91 3.82 $28.88 $60,060
Topeka, KS 210 1.90 3.79 $21.77 $45,290
Wichita Falls, TX 110 1.86 3.71 $21.09 $43,860
Corpus Christi, TX 320 1.71 3.41 $22.51 $46,820


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 40 0.51 1.03 $38.36 $79,790
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.36 0.71 $37.44 $77,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.37 0.73 $36.21 $75,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,070 0.47 0.93 $35.60 $74,040
Fairbanks, AK 110 2.99 5.96 $34.92 $72,640
Anchorage, AK 290 1.66 3.31 $34.46 $71,670
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 330 0.57 1.14 $34.20 $71,140
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.37 0.74 $33.82 $70,340
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.32 0.65 $33.38 $69,430
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $32.96 $68,560

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 730 3.84 7.66 $18.98 $39,470
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 560 2.07 4.14 $19.86 $41,300
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 450 2.33 4.66 $19.22 $39,980
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 2.41 4.80 $19.01 $39,550
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 250 0.99 1.97 $22.24 $46,250

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 730 3.84 7.66 $18.98 $39,470
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 350 2.41 4.80 $19.01 $39,550
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 160 2.34 4.66 $27.68 $57,580
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 450 2.33 4.66 $19.22 $39,980
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 90 2.20 4.39 $28.07 $58,390

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.06 $72,930
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.54 $33.05 $68,740
East Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.53 1.06 $30.65 $63,750
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 1.27 $29.29 $60,930
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.17 0.34 $28.48 $59,240


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018