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Salary, Wages, Pay: Civil Engineers




Median annual earnings of civil engineers were $60,070 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $48,360 and $74,700. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $39,960, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $91,010. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of civil engineers in 2002 were:

Federal government $67,410
Local government 62,210
Architectural, engineering, and related services 59,060
State government 58,350
Nonresidential building construction 54,190

According to a 2003 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelorís degree candidates in civil engineering received starting offers averaging $41,669 a year; masterís degree candidates received an average offer of $47,245, and Ph.D. candidates were offered $69,079, on average, as an initial salary.