Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
275,210 1.1 % $42.28 $87,940 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.43 $31.13 $39.53 $50.35 $62.43
Annual Wage (2) $52,900 $64,750 $82,220 $104,730 $129,850


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 144,460 10.37 $42.70 $88,820
State Government (OES Designation) 34,660 1.57 $38.43 $79,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 29,490 0.55 $42.32 $88,030
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,430 2.41 $41.91 $87,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 9,390 0.47 $43.41 $90,300

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 144,460 10.37 $42.70 $88,820
Nonresidential Building Construction 17,430 2.41 $41.91 $87,180
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 2,060 1.88 $41.72 $86,790
State Government (OES Designation) 34,660 1.57 $38.43 $79,930
Other Pipeline Transportation 90 1.14 $50.73 $105,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 700 0.36 $62.86 $130,750
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 120 1.13 $54.80 $113,980
Waste Collection 80 0.05 $54.43 $113,210
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 130 0.11 $53.04 $110,330
Specialized Design Services 80 0.06 $52.98 $110,210


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 39,170 2.53 1.27 $48.55 $100,980
Texas 25,370 2.19 1.10 $47.07 $97,900
Florida 14,800 1.87 0.94 $41.00 $85,280
New York 14,800 1.65 0.83 $43.80 $91,110
Pennsylvania 12,520 2.19 1.10 $40.62 $84,490



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)
Washington 11,190 3.75 1.88 $42.19 $87,750
Colorado 8,140 3.32 1.66 $42.07 $87,510
Alaska 1,080 3.29 1.65 $52.91 $110,050
Hawaii 1,970 3.17 1.59 $37.96 $78,950
Montana 1,410 3.16 1.58 $34.18 $71,090



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,080 3.29 1.65 $52.91 $110,050
District of Columbia 1,040 1.53 0.77 $49.53 $103,020
California 39,170 2.53 1.27 $48.55 $100,980
Texas 25,370 2.19 1.10 $47.07 $97,900
New Jersey 7,200 1.84 0.92 $45.75 $95,160




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 11,030 3.76 1.89 $52.96 $110,160
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 10,870 1.68 0.84 $45.61 $94,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,270 1.77 0.89 $48.45 $100,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,660 1.86 0.93 $45.22 $94,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,340 2.62 1.31 $45.28 $94,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 5,810 3.78 1.89 $41.68 $86,700
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,700 2.30 1.15 $44.85 $93,290
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 5,150 3.74 1.88 $42.38 $88,150
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 4,960 3.66 1.84 $43.84 $91,190
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 4,660 5.33 2.67 $48.18 $100,200