Civil engineers

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Total Workforce

358k

Average Age

42.4

Estimated Job Growth

10.6%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$89,777

Average Male Salary

$92,159

Average Female Salary

$76,272

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Civil engineers are most often employed by the Architectural, engineering & related services industry. The average yearly wage for Civil engineers was $89,777 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Civil engineers by wage are General & operations managers, Biomedical & agricultural engineers, and Industrial production managers.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Civil engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Civil engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Civil engineers, by average wage, is Scientific research & development services. Civil engineers are paid most in Middlesex (West Central) & Worcester (East) Counties PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Huntsville City (Far West & Southwest) PUMA, AL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$89,777

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,387

In 2017, Civil engineers earned an average of $89,777, $37,712 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

General & operations managers make somewhat more than Civil engineers while Industrial production managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Civil engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.298

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Civil engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.298, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Civil engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Civil engineers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Civil engineers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Civil engineers, by number of employees, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Construction, and Administration of economic programs & space research.

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Industries by Share

358k

2017 Workforce

± 14,664

2.31%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 5.7%

The number of people employed as Civil engineers has been growing at a rate of 2.31%, from 349,547 people in 2016 to 357,625 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Civil engineers employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Civil engineers at  62%, followed by Construction with 21.9% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 2.48%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Civil engineers in the US. The average age of male Civil engineers in the workforce is 43.1 and of female Civil engineers is 38, and the most common race/ethnicity for Civil engineers is White.

Gender Composition

304k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 13,523

53.6k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,684

85% of Civil engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Civil engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Civil engineers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

80.4% of Civil engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.9% of Civil engineers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Civil engineers.

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Age by Gender

43.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.618

38

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.23

The median age of Civil engineers is 42.4, and Male employees are generally 5.18 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Civil engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Civil engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Civil engineers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Civil engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Civil engineers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Civil engineers need more than the average amount of Technology Design, Management of Financial Resources, and Operations Analysis.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Civil engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Civil engineers are expected to see a growth of 10.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

10.6%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Civil engineers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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