Civil Engineer

Entry-Level Civil Engineering

Basic statistics every civil engineer needs to know.

Statistics for Entry-Level Civil Engineering Jobs

There is a lot of information civil engineers need when they start looking for entry-level civil engineering jobs. The following are important statistics to understand when you start searching for your first entry-level civil engineering job.

What do Civil Engineers Do?

Civil engineers design, build and maintain infrastructure projects and systems for both the public and private sectors. Civil engineering projects include roads, bridges, dams, water, wastewater and stormwater systems, tunnels, airports, and buildings.

The Civil engineering discipline covers many subdisciplines such as transportation engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, and structural engineering. These subdisciplines of civil engineering are achieved through advanced degree programs.

How many Civil Engineers are there?

Currently there are 329,200 civil engineers working in the United States of America. This represents 20% of the total engineers working in the United States.

Number of Civil Engineers in the United States

With this high number of working engineers, it means there are a lot of opportunities in civil engineering. You should have no difficulty finding entry-level civil engineering jobs to apply for.

Are Advanced Degrees Required?

Most engineers struggle with the decision on pursuing an advanced degree. For entry-level engineering jobs, the more technical the job is, the higher the chance it will require an advanced degree.

To understand how many civil engineers go on to get advanced degrees, reference the table below.

Civil Engineering - Advanced Degrees

Based on the data, 41% (4,897 Master's/11,900 Bachelor's) of civil engineering students go on to get a master’s degree and approximately 7% (882 Doctoral/11,900 Bachelor's) pursue a doctoral degree in a given year.

The only true way to know if you will need an advanced degree for the entry-level civil engineering job you want, is to look at job postings.


If all of the jobs you are interested in require an advanced degree, it means you need to go and get one.

Entry-Level Civil Engineering Jobs Created

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the future job growth for each field of engineering.  Based on the data, there will be 5,500 jobs created in Civil Engineering over the next 10-years.

It can be assumed that the job growth is in entry-level jobs. This is due to the actual creation of entry-level jobs, or creation of higher-level jobs that are filled with the existing workforce opening up entry-level positions.

Entry-Level Civil Engineering Job Growth

Based on the new job growth as a percentage of the existing job market, the projected yearly growth is 1.7% for entry-level civil engineering jobs. The average growth rate for all entry-level engineering jobs is 4.1% per year.

This means the job growth for civil engineering is slower than the average engineering discipline. This slower growth is partially due to the large size of the existing workforce.

Competition Index For Entry-Level Civil Engineering Jobs

At the Job Formula, we like to calculate the competition index for different types of engineering jobs. To do this, we divide the total number of graduates in a discipline by the total number of jobs available in that discipline. This calculation shows how many graduates there are for each available job.

The lower the competition index the better. A competition index of one (1) means that there is one graduate for every one job.

The competition index for entry-level civil engineering jobs is 1.1. This is less than the competition index for the average engineering discipline which is 1.5.

Competition for Civil Engineering Jobs

We calculate the competition index to give graduate engineers an idea of the type of competition they will face when they start looking for their first job. Based on the calculated competition index, entry-level civil engineering jobs will not be as competitive as other engineering fields.

Please note that competition will vary inside an engineering field based on the type of industry, the location and how attractive a job is.

Industries for Entry-Level Civil Engineers

Civil Engineering is a diverse degree which means you can work in many different industries. The follow are the top five industries that hire civil engineers.

Civil Engineering Industries

The percent of total employment means out of all civil engineers, how many are working in that one industry. If you are looking for an entry-level civil engineering job, these are the best industries to start with.

Entry-Level Civil Engineering Job Salary

The average entry-level civil engineering salary is shown below. Additionally, the average civil engineering salary, the bottom 10% and top 10% salaries are shown.

Entry-Level Civil Engineering Salary

Entry-level civil engineering salaries are slightly below the industry average for entry-level salaries. However, enjoying your career is much more important than a few thousand dollars.

Based on the top 10% salary range, civil engineers are capable of obtaining a high-level salary. If you enjoy civil engineering, do not only focus on the entry-level civil engineering salary. Instead, focus on working toward the top 10% range.

Resources for Entry-Level Civil Engineers

The formula we have been taught since we were small children is just not true. Getting a college degree does not guarantee you a great job. If the formula worked, over 49% of college graduates would not report that they found it hard or extremely hard to find their first job.

Universities are failing engineering students because they are not training them on how to go from getting a degree to getting an entry-level engineering job.

The Job Formula will help you learn what you need to learn to get hired! See our free resources below to get started.

The Winning Engineering Resume

Job Formula put together an in-depth free guide to help engineers put together an engineering resume that gets results. Don’t let your resume be what holds you back from getting your dream job. Click on the link to download now.

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Entry-Level Engineering Blog

Job Formula’s engineering blog is dedicated to helping entry-level engineers get hired. On the blog, you will find articles on internships, cover letters, resumes, interviews and more, all geared toward engineers!

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Entry-Level Engineering Jobs

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*The information on this page was pulled together from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other various resources. The information is intended for education purposes only.