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How will your civil engineering education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your civil engineering education with civil engineering education around the nation. The US has 416 brick and mortar civil engineering schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have civil engineering programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  2. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  3. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 18,135 students graduated with degrees in civil engineering. Of these students, 289 received certifications in civil engineering, 13,053 received an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, and 4,793 received a graduate-level degree in civil engineering.


Students can pursue education in civil engineering at the following levels:

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

Civil engineering students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their civil engineering degree:

  • Computer Skills
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Materials Science
  • Structural Design
  • Judgment and Decision Making


The average tuition at civil engineering schools around the nation was $23,883 per year in 2010. The following civil engineering schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The civil engineering schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176

How will your civil engineering job compare?

A large number of civil engineering majors become civil engineers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 249,120 civil engineers working in the US in 2010. The largest numbers of civil engineers work in the following states:

  1. California - 36,120 Civil Engineers
  2. Texas - 21,880 Civil Engineers
  3. Florida - 14,190 Civil Engineers

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for civil engineers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 33%
  2. Maryland - 30%
  3. North Dakota - 28%


A civil engineer in the US earns $76,475 per year on average. However, the salary for a civil engineer can greatly vary based on factors such as your previous performance reviews, seniority or your employer. Salaries for civil engineers range from less than $17,700 per year to more than $165,470 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a civil engineer:

  1. California - $94,970 per year
  2. Louisiana - $92,730 per year
  3. Alaska - $89,350 per year

On average, a civil engineer earns the least in the following states:

  1. South Dakota - $64,740 per year
  2. Montana - $65,370 per year
  3. West Virginia - $67,540 per year

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civil engineering?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Civil Engineers 249,120 $82,280 8.5%
Architectural and Civil Drafters 89,670 $48,740 -11.3%
Civil Engineering Technicians 77,050 $47,940 -14.8%