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Overview
Civil engineering is a program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in civil engineering at each level last year.
05K10K15K20K25K0-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all civil engineering graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 89% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 62% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in civil engineering earned in the last academic year, 26% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 76% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in civil engineering, which includes civil engineering (which unfortunately has the same name) and 6 other programs.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in civil engineering have a median salary of $82,774.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 37% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 21% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, which consists of 7 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 2.5%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 34% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 9% of workers who earned a bachelor's in civil engineering are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (which combines 7 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History
Salary and Employment for Majors
Understanding this data
This section's data is for bachelor's recipients of several programs including civil engineering

This section is informed by household surveys collected for the American Community Survey (ACS). For each person in the households surveyed, we learn about their college major (if applicable), final educational attainment, age, occupation, salary, and more. Using the ACS data lets us share something about what financial and career outcomes people can expect after majoring in a particular field in college.

Within our program pages, Ididio details over 1700 programs. However, the ACS surveys only report on 170 college major degrees. There is no published crosswalk between the programs and degrees. Some of the programs we describe are mostly offered as certificates or graduate programs, and don't make sense as college majors. For the remaining programs, we created a mapping to the best-fitting ACS degree designation.

We placed civil engineering within the ACS civil engineering degree designation, which contains a total of 7 programs. Note that both the program on this page and the ACS degree are named civil engineering. When we discuss salary and employment data throughout this section, civil engineering refers to the larger ACS degree.

All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree with a major in the degree civil engineering. While we compile data on those who also received graduate education, unfortunately ACS does not record the subject area for graduate degrees.

Programs included in the ACS civil engineering degree
Structural Engineering
Water Resources Engineering
Specialized Civil Engineering
Construction Engineering
Civil Engineering
Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Surveying Engineering
Employment overview
Percentage of civil engineering bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in civil engineering lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage civil engineering majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 12.6% of civil engineering graduates are currently not working. However, only 2.5% are classified as "unemployed," while 10.1% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

87%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether civil engineering majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

2.5%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for civil engineering majors

How does the median (middle) salary for civil engineering majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$82,774$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for civil engineering majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$43K$99K$83K$89K$82K$69K$76K$83K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KSelf Emp. Not Incorp. (3.1% )Federal government (5.5% )Private for-profit (64.2% )Local government (8.6% )State government (9.4% )Private not-for-profit (3.1% )Self Emp. Incoporated (6.0% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for civil engineering majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (85%)
Women (15%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that civil engineering has more men than most other degrees.

15%85%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of civil engineering majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$85K$72K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For civil engineering graduates, men generally earn 17% more than women. This is better than many: 78% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

17%17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of civil engineering bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for civil engineering graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$96K$61K$99K$95K$89K$101K$74K$98K$47K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
020K40K60KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can civil engineering majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for civil engineering majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all civil engineering completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 32% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in civil engineering
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in civil engineering today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in civil engineering when in college.

We know that about 37% civil engineering majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of civil engineering majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

37%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: civil engineering majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 37% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in civil engineering, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in civil engineering by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$78K$94K$103K$87K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch DoctorateProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

21%33%12%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Research DoctorateBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for civil engineering majors
Careers for civil engineering majors

As we explained at the start of the previous section "Salary and Employment for Majors", the career data in all of these tabs is supported by the American Community Survey (ACS), which provides career information based on the broad degree civil engineering. For of the career statistics we report here, we consider all bachelor-holders in civil engineering and 6 other programs to fall under the ACS data we aggregated for the civil engineering degree.

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in civil engineering. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
**Civil engineers
$0$200K$81K
25.4%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
10.9%
Engineers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$90K
8.5%
Construction managers
$0$200K$66K
5.6%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
2.7%
**Architectural and engineering managers
$0$200K$121K
2.1%
**Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
1.8%
Applications and systems software developers
$0$200K$96K
1.6%
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
$0$200K$56K
1.4%
Designers
$0$200K$51K
1.3%
Environmental engineers
$0$200K$78K
1.2%
General and operations managers
$0$200K$67K
1.2%
Management analysts
$0$200K$76K
1.1%
Cost estimators
$0$200K$60K
1.0%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
$0$200K$48K
0.8%
Construction and building inspectors
$0$200K$53K
0.8%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
0.8%
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
$0$200K$93K
0.7%
Industrial engineers
$0$200K$77K
0.7%
Marketing and sales managers
$0$200K$74K
0.7%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten civil engineering careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by civil engineering graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Civil EngineeringGeneral EngineeringMechanical EngineeringElectrical EngineeringChemical EngineeringConstruction ServicesBusiness Management and AdministrationArchitectural EngineeringSpecialized Program in EngineeringGeneral BusinessAccountingPsychologyPolitical Science and GovernmentEconomicsMarketingFinanceComputer SciencePhysicsComputer EngineeringAerospace EngineeringArchitectureCommunicationsIndustrial and Manufacturing EngineeringEnglish Language and LiteratureBiologyMathematicsNursingChemistryGeneral EducationHistoryGeneral Computer and Information SystemsCommercial Art and Graphic DesignFine ArtsCivil engineersManagers (specializedareas)Engineers (specializedareas)Construction managersChief executives andlegislatorsArchitectural andengineering managersPostsecondary teachersApplications and systemssoftware developersDesignersFirst-line supervisors ofconstruction trades andextraction workersAll others
Jobs that choose civil engineering majors
What careers hire civil engineering majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have civil engineering as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of civil engineering majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetristsAerospace engineersIndustrial engineersEnvironmental engineersElectrical and electronics engineersCivil engineersArchitectural and engineering managersEngineers (specialized areas)Petroleum, mining and geological engineersChemical engineersBiomedical and agricultural engineersMarine engineers and naval architectsMechanical engineersAll other careersCivil EngineeringAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer civil engineering degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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269 schools offer this program (all levels) in the selected area.
School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Alabama A & M University
AL
4,307
19.8
$15,812
38%
37%
Arizona State University - Tempe
AZ
43,108
24.9
$12,947
69%
67%
Arkansas State University - Main Campus
AR
8,936
24.2
$13,420
55%
47%
Auburn University
AL
22,392
20.3
$22,613
82%
73%
Boise State University
ID
14,469
22.0
$13,363
65%
45%
Bradley University
IL
4,344
16.6
$25,857
84%
76%
Brigham Young University - Idaho
ID
43,000
78.9
$7,727
83%
53%
Brigham Young University - Provo
UT
30,924
27.6
$12,979
89%
63%
Bucknell University
PA
3,727
9.1
$37,817
97%
90%
CUNY City College
NY
10,918
22.9
$4,164
58%
42%
CUNY Hostos Community College
NY
5,141
29.0
$6,334
43%
22%
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
NY
13,632
37.0
$6,670
52%
29%
California Baptist University
CA
6,557
27.9
$25,714
71%
63%
California Institute of Technology
CA
951
6.7
$24,466
90%
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
CA
19,398
22.8
$19,002
91%
78%
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
CA
20,659
35.2
$12,634
80%
68%
California State University - Chico
CA
15,527
29.4
$14,185
76%
70%
California State University - Fresno
CA
19,206
26.9
$5,879
72%
66%
California State University - Fullerton
CA
29,415
31.1
$8,562
78%
70%
California State University - Long Beach
CA
27,870
28.5
$9,654
80%
75%
Graduate program details
Explore civil engineering graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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Program
State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Science)
CA
65
66%
$55
Drexel University
Program in Civil Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science)
PA
$50
Florida Institute of Technology
Program in Civil Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science)
FL
211
25%
Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus
Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy)
GA
$75
Johns Hopkins University
Part-time Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Civil Engineering)
MD
11
45%
$0
Johns Hopkins University
Engineering Program for Professionals (Master of Engineering Management, Master of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Doctor of Engineering, Master of Chemical Engineering, Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Environmental Engineering, Master of Material Science and Engineering)
MD
1,100
51%
$0
Kennesaw State University
Program in Applied Engineering (Master of Science)
GA
$60
Manhattan College
Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Science)
NY
$60
Milwaukee School of Engineering
MS Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Science)
WI
13
23%
$0
North Dakota State University - Main Campus
Doctoral Program in Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy)
ND
$35
Oregon State University
Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Engineering)
OR
$75
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Program in Civil Engineering (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Master of Engineering)
NY
78
13%
$75
16
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy)
SD
$35
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Program in Environmental Engineering (Master of Science)
IL
$30
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Program in Civil Engineering (Master of Science/Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy)
TN
106
42%
$60
67
Explore similar programs

Civil Engineering is part of a larger collection of programs: Engineering. Is there a different program that's close to Civil Engineering that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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