Salaries for construction engineers can vary according to where they are employed, the state in which they work, their education and their experience. National salary averages can sometimes be misleading. It is best to search for salary information by state.
The average expected salary for a construction engineer ranges from $53,032 to $79,410, depending upon the source of information. One of the most credible sources is the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS does not list construction engineers separately, but includes them under the heading "Civil Engineer." Average mean salary for a civil engineer employed in nonresidential building construction, according to the DOL, is $79,410 as of 2009.
National averages sometimes can be misleading. Salaries can vary dramatically from state to state. The average salary for a construction engineer in Atlanta, Georgia, for example, is $76,949, according to an ERI Economic Research Institute report, while the annual wage for a construction engineer in Houston, Texas, averages $105,466. The company for which a construction engineer works also dramatically affects his wages. In a survey of employers, Jobs-Salary.com shows a salary range of $28,000 to $540,800 as of 2010. Nationally known contractors such as Turner Construction and Bechtel National tend to pay more than smaller commercial builders and subcontractors.
As with most professions, experience can have a significant impact on salary. According to information published by Salary.com, a construction engineer with less than one year's experience can expect to earn about $55,000 as of 2010. The average salary for a construction engineer with 10 to 19 years of experience is around $78,000, while those with more than 20 years of experience can expect to earn about $93,000.
2016 Salary Information for Civil Engineers
Civil engineers earned a median annual salary of $83,540 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, civil engineers earned a 25th percentile salary of $65,330, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $107,140, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 303,500 people were employed in the U.S. as civil engineers.