Civil engineers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
388k
Average Age
41.8
Estimated Job Growth
1.67%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$96,311
Average Male Salary
$99,342
Average Female Salary
$80,078

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 Petroleum refining. Civil engineers are paid most in Hackensack & Englewood (West) Cities PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Mount Pleasant Town PUMA, SC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$96,311
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,516

In 2020, Civil engineers earned an average of $96,311, $40,357 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Financial examiners make somewhat more than Civil engineers while Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers 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

0.295
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Civil engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.295, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Industries by Share

388k
2020 Workforce
± 15,276
7.74%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.26%

The number of people employed as Civil engineers has been growing at a rate of 7.74%, from 360,284 people in 2019 to 388,171 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Civil engineers employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Civil engineers at  59%, followed by Construction with 24% and Administration of economic programs & space research with 3.09%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Civil engineers in the US. The average age of male Civil engineers in the workforce is 42.8 and of female Civil engineers is 36.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Civil engineers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

327k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 14,026
61.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,067

84.3% of Civil engineers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Civil engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Civil engineers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

72.2% of Civil engineers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.8% of Civil engineers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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 Sex

42.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.598
36.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.18

The median age of Civil engineers is 41.8, and Male employees are generally 6.07 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 Complex Problem Solving. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Civil engineers need more than the average amount of Technology Design, Science, and Programming.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Civil Engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Civil Engineers are expected to see a growth of 1.67% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

1.67%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Civil Engineers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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