How Much do Civil Engineers Make?

Do civil engineers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for civil engineers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers in the United States earn an average of $94,360 a year, equivalent to $45.36 an hour. Civil engineers make 76% more than the average American worker.

Civil engineers in California are the best paid, making $110,480 a year, while civil engineers in Vermont make the least at $77,150.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Civil Engineer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $69.50 $144,560
75th $54.60 $113,580
50th $41.86 $87,060
25th $32.76 $68,130
10th $26.63 $55,380
Civil Engineer Wages by State

In what states do civil engineers make the most? In what states do civil engineers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $44.36 $92,270
Alaska $48.49 $100,860
Arizona $38.98 $81,080
Arkansas $37.75 $78,520
California $53.12 $110,480
Colorado $45.61 $94,870
Connecticut $45.39 $94,400
Delaware $44.55 $92,650
Florida $43.68 $90,850
Georgia $38.40 $79,880
Hawaii $41.51 $86,340
Idaho $40.50 $84,230
Illinois $44.39 $92,340
Indiana $40.06 $83,330
Iowa $41.00 $85,290
Kansas $38.90 $80,920
Kentucky $39.66 $82,500
Louisiana $50.48 $104,990
Maine $40.21 $83,630
Maryland $42.38 $88,140
Massachusetts $46.16 $96,020
Michigan $39.23 $81,600
Minnesota $45.70 $95,060
Mississippi $42.16 $87,690
Missouri $41.20 $85,690
Montana $38.17 $79,400
Nebraska $43.11 $89,680
Nevada $47.57 $98,960
New Hampshire $41.39 $86,100
New Jersey $49.50 $102,950
New Mexico $42.72 $88,850
New York $49.43 $102,820
North Carolina $42.54 $88,470
North Dakota $41.58 $86,480
Ohio $40.54 $84,320
Oklahoma $48.05 $99,950
Oregon $43.67 $90,830
Pennsylvania $41.85 $87,050
Rhode Island $41.66 $86,650
South Carolina $41.46 $86,230
South Dakota $37.24 $77,450
Tennessee $41.95 $87,260
Texas $46.39 $96,480
Utah $40.10 $83,410
Vermont $37.09 $77,150
Virginia $46.59 $96,900
Washington $46.05 $95,780
West Virginia $39.09 $81,310
Wisconsin $39.54 $82,250
Wyoming $43.54 $90,570
Metro Areas Where Civil Engineers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Francisco, CA $57.75 $120,110
Midland, TX $56.68 $117,900
Naples, FL $56.34 $117,200
Sacramento, CA $56.01 $116,490
Riverside, CA $55.66 $115,770
Redding, CA $54.89 $114,180
San Jose, CA $54.66 $113,700
New Orleans, LA $54.28 $112,910
Reno, NV $54.17 $112,680
Santa Cruz, CA $53.89 $112,100
Civil Engineer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $45.36 $94,360
2018 $45.06 $93,720
2017 $44.13 $91,790
2016 $43.14 $89,730
2015 $42.28 $87,940
2014 $41.89 $87,130
2013 $41.17 $85,640
2012 $40.45 $84,140
2011 $39.76 $82,710