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Civil Engineering in Washington State

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Schools Offering Civil Engineering Programs in Washington State

Around 0.3% of Washington State's graduates graduate from civil engineering degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 487 civil engineers graduate from Washington State's 16 civil engineering schools.

Top Schools

University of Washington-Seattle Campus, which is located in Seattle, is the top-ranked school in Washington State that has a civil engineering program. It received a ranking of 13th in the country in 2010. 178 students graduated with a degree in civil engineering from University of Washington-Seattle Campus in 2010. Students at University of Washington-Seattle Campus paid $8,701 per year in tuition fees.

Washington State University, which was ranked 27th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Washington State that has a civil engineering program. It is located in Pullman. In 2010, Washington State University graduated 143 students from its civil engineering program. Washington State University charged in-state students $9,489 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in Washington State with a civil engineering program is Seattle University, which is located in Seattle. In 2010, it was ranked 30th nationwide. 21 students graduated with degree in civil engineering from Seattle University in 2010. Tuition at Seattle University was $30,825 per year.


If you choose to attend a Washington State civil engineering school, average tuition will be $8,970 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,610 per year to $30,925 per year. In 2010, the civil engineering schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Washington State were:

  1. Gonzaga University - located in Spokane, students are charged $30,925 per year
  2. Seattle University - located in Seattle, students are charged $30,825 per year
  3. Saint Martin's University - located in Lacey, students are charged $26,677 per year

The lowest tuition rates at Washington State civil engineering schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Spokane Community College - located in Spokane, students are charged $2,610 per year
  2. Renton Technical College - located in Renton, students are charged $2,785 per year
  3. Olympic College - located in Bremerton, students are charged $3,006 per year

A civil engineering degree from a Washington State school... what next?

Most people who graduate from civil engineering school in Washington State go on to work as a civil engineer. 12,000 civil engineers were working in Washington State in 2010. The Washington State counties with the largest populations of civil engineers are:

  1. King County - 5,940 civil engineers
  2. Benton County - 1,840 civil engineers
  3. Thurston County - 720 civil engineers

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of civil engineers in Washington State will grow by 16%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 16,630 civil engineers working in Washington State.


On average, civil engineers earn $80,430 per year. However, Washington State civil engineers earned anywhere in the range from as less than $46,290 per year to more than $130,170 per year in 2010. A civil engineer in the following Washington State counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Benton County - $89,980 per year
  2. Columbia County - $87,510 per year
  3. King County - $81,970 per year

The following counties in Washington State have the lowest average salaries for civil engineers:

  1. Grays Harbor County - $63,400 per year
  2. Clallam County - $64,060 per year
  3. Yakima County - $65,910 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in civil engineering in Washington State and to compare salaries with various related fields such as civil engineering or drafting, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering in Washington State
  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering in Washington State
  • Master's Degree in Civil Engineering in Washington State
  • Doctoral Degree in Civil Engineering in Washington State
  • Certificate in Civil Engineering in Washington State

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Civil Engineers 12,000 $80,430 -10.0%
Civil Engineering Technicians 2,160 $52,720 -8.5%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 2,120 $50,390 -24.8%

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