Civil engineering is a profession that involves the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of infrastructure, while protecting public and environmental health, as well as improving existing infrastructure. Civil engineers are responsible for designing and supervising construction projects such as airports, bridges, canals, dams, railroads or highways. Depending on the level of experience and expertise, civil engineers may be responsible for estimating personnel and material costs and needs, preparing proposals, and setting completion dates. The salary of a civil engineer can vary greatly depending on the level of experience and expertise. Entry-level civil engineers typically earn an average salary of around $60,000 per year.
Experienced civil engineers with more than five years of experience can earn an average salary of around $90,000 per year. Civil engineers with more than ten years of experience can earn an average salary of around $120,000 per year. Civil engineers with more than fifteen years of experience can earn an average salary of around $150,000 per year. In addition to experience and expertise, the salary of a civil engineer can also be affected by the type of project they are working on. For example, civil engineers who are working on large-scale projects such as airports or bridges may earn higher salaries than those who are working on smaller projects such as roads or dams.
The location of the project can also affect the salary of a civil engineer; those who are working in larger cities or metropolitan areas may earn higher salaries than those who are working in rural areas. Civil engineers also have the potential to earn additional income through bonuses or other incentives. Bonuses may be awarded for completing projects on time or under budget. Incentives may also be offered for taking on additional responsibilities or for taking on challenging projects.