Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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, water and sewage systems, and waste disposal units. Include architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Exclude "Hydrologists" (19-2043).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
218,220 1.4 % $32.18 $66,930 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.48 $24.73 $30.88 $38.42 $45.51
Annual Wage (2) $42,610 $51,430 $64,230 $79,920 $94,660

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 107,060 $32.81 $68,250
State government (OES designation) 31,090 $29.14 $60,610
Local government (OES designation) 28,650 $32.28 $67,150
Federal government (OES designation) 9,110 $35.74 $74,330
Nonresidential building construction 8,880 $30.56 $63,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and gas extraction 110 $45.15 $93,900
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 220 $44.26 $92,060
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 160 $39.28 $81,700
Other professional and technical services (7) $38.93 $80,970
Basic chemical manufacturing 200 $38.85 $80,810

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 11,330 $33.47 $69,620 0.439%
Alaska 1,070 $34.46 $71,680 0.365%
Colorado 6,980 $31.22 $64,930 0.331%
Wyoming 720 $23.49 $48,850 0.294%
Hawaii 1,650 $30.57 $63,580 0.292%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 850 $38.72 $80,540 0.141%
California 37,210 $35.58 $74,000 0.256%
Nevada 2,630 $35.33 $73,490 0.235%
Alaska 1,070 $34.46 $71,680 0.365%
New Jersey 6,360 $34.05 $70,810 0.164%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Olympia, WA PMSA 890 $30.30 $63,020 1.024%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 710 $31.74 $66,020 0.879%
Yuba City, CA MSA 310 $31.59 $65,710 0.796%
Anchorage, AK MSA 840 $34.16 $71,050 0.602%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 4,500 $35.01 $72,820 0.590%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 280 $39.80 $82,770 0.149%
Columbus, GA-AL MSA 60 $39.05 $81,230 0.052%
San Jose, CA PMSA 2,340 $38.99 $81,090 0.276%
Lake Charles, LA MSA 160 $38.86 $80,830 0.199%
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 390 $38.77 $80,640 0.227%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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