Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
254,130 1.1 % $39.76 $82,710 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.22 $29.76 $37.49 $47.25 $57.51
Annual Wage (2) $50,370 $61,910 $77,990 $98,270 $119,620


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 129,350 10.02 $40.48 $84,200
State Government (OES Designation) 34,840 1.53 $36.13 $75,140
Local Government (OES Designation) 29,040 0.53 $40.42 $84,080
Nonresidential Building Construction 12,630 1.94 $39.04 $81,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,790 0.52 $41.80 $86,950

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 129,350 10.02 $40.48 $84,200
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,680 3.78 $48.01 $99,860
Other Pipeline Transportation 180 2.77 $43.17 $89,780
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 220 2.44 $42.14 $87,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 12,630 1.94 $39.04 $81,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $66.62 $138,560
Specialized Design Services 60 0.05 $51.04 $106,150
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 3,680 3.78 $48.01 $99,860
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.16 $47.07 $97,910
Waste Treatment and Disposal 690 0.72 $44.85 $93,290


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 36,040 2.57 1.30 $45.71 $95,070
Texas 20,540 1.99 1.01 $43.19 $89,840
Florida 13,740 1.92 0.97 $39.27 $81,690
New York 12,730 1.51 0.76 $41.03 $85,340
Washington 12,560 4.62 2.33 $40.05 $83,310




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 1,570 5.03 2.54 $43.95 $91,420
Washington 12,560 4.62 2.33 $40.05 $83,310
Hawaii 2,090 3.63 1.83 $36.93 $76,820
Colorado 7,140 3.28 1.65 $38.74 $80,570
Wyoming 820 3.01 1.52 $33.72 $70,140




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 36,040 2.57 1.30 $45.71 $95,070
Alaska 1,570 5.03 2.54 $43.95 $91,420
Texas 20,540 1.99 1.01 $43.19 $89,840
New Jersey 6,610 1.75 0.89 $43.16 $89,780
Maryland 6,370 2.57 1.30 $42.79 $89,010





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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 8,940 3.50 1.77 $49.75 $103,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,500 1.96 0.99 $44.16 $91,840
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,870 1.36 0.68 $43.84 $91,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,230 2.69 1.36 $41.84 $87,040
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 6,160 4.50 2.27 $40.60 $84,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,790 1.34 0.67 $39.82 $82,830
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,340 2.59 1.31 $40.98 $85,240
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 4,300 3.58 1.81 $39.45 $82,060
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 4,140 4.35 2.19 $47.35 $98,490
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,120 1.85 0.93 $37.65 $78,300