What Is the Annual Salary for a Horizontal Construction Engineer?

by Jared Lewis; Updated September 26, 2017
Horizontal engineers design and construct highways and bridges.

Without horizontal construction engineers, we would be driving on dirt roads. These civil engineers specialize in horizontal forms of construction, such as building roads. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were a total of 249,120 individuals employed as civil engineers in the United States in 2010. Salaries for horizontal engineers tend to be on par with other civil engineers.

Average Salary

The average salary of a horizontal construction engineer was $81,000 per year, as of July 2011, according to the Indeed website. However, this figure was primarily based on the online job offerings nationwide at the time of publication. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of all civil engineers nationwide was $82,280 in 2010. The bureau also indicates that those involved in heavy and civil engineering construction made an average salary of $99,210 per year.

Pay Scale

Placing the salary of horizontal construction engineers within the larger pay scale parameters of civil engineering salaries provides additional context for understanding. According to the BLS, the median salary for civil engineers was $77,560, with the middle 50 percent earning salaries from $61,590 to $97,990 per year. This places horizontal engineers squarely in the middle of the civil engineering pay scale and in the upper 50 percent in terms of salaries earned. The bureau indicates the highest paid civil engineers made $119,320 or more per year.

Location

Location provides an indicator of what horizontal and other civil engineers can expect to make. For example, those working specifically in highway engineering made average salaries ranging from a low of $64,797 in Charlotte to a high of $94,546 in Houston, at the time of publication, according to Salary Expert's survey of the salaries of highway engineers in 10 major U.S. cities. The BLS indicates the highest salaries for civil engineers were earned by those working in California and Louisiana, where civil engineers earned average salaries of $94,970 and $92,730, respectively.

Job Outlook

According to the BLS, the number of jobs in the civil engineering field is expected to increase by about 24 percent from 2008 to 2018. This is significantly higher than the expected job growth for all other engineers. The bureau indicates the number of jobs in engineering, as a whole, will grow by 11 percent during that same period. The emphasis by the federal government or infrastructural renewal and construction should make the job market favorable for horizontal construction engineers.

About the Author

Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.

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