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Civil Engineer Salary

Civil Engineer Salary

Civil engineers' salaries typically range from £20,206 to £39,676 a year in the UK according to Payscale.

A civil engineer's salary will largely depend on the years of experience in the field. Civil engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience typically earn from £17,773 to £33,738 a year, those with 5 to 9 years of experience make between £22,495 and £38,264 a year, engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £24,887 and £44,375 a year, while civil engineers with 20 or more years of experience under their belt earn between £29,361 and £78,297 a year. Senior civil engineers typically earn between £27,745 and £58,559 a year.

Salary will also depend on professional certification. Engineers with a HND in Civil Engineering typically make between £21,731 and £35,300 a year, those with the status of Engineer in Training (EIT) earn from £17,501 to £31,076 a year, and Incorporated Engineers (IEng) certified by the Engineering Council earn between £29,595 and £35,653 a year. On the higher end of the scale, Chartered Engineers (CEng) certified by the Engineering Council, earn between £26,662 and £47,731 a year, and Chartered Civil Engineers, certified by the Institution of Civil Engineers, earn from £28,170 to £45,958 a year.

A civil engineer's salary will also be determined by the type of employer. Self-employed civil engineers earn between £30,000 and £50,028 a year, those employed by the government (state level) earn from £32,790 to £40,695 a year, engineers working for local goverment make between £15,450 and £36,661 a year, and those employed by companies earn between £19,977 and £39,628 a year.

Starting salary

Salaries for graduate civil engineers range from £17,308 to £26,851 a year, and for civil engineers in their first year on the job from £17,000 to £35,000 a year according to Payscale.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate ranges from £6.17 to £23.34 per hour for civil engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience, from £8.94 to £24.47 for those with 5 to 9 years of experience, and from £12.58 to £20.00 for engineers with 10 to 19 years of work experience.

General salary information

Civil engineers can find employment in both the public and private sector, and work for any government level from national to local, and for any client, from a major international company to an individual homeowner. They usually start their careers in positions with a low level of responsibility and then move up the ladder as they gain work experience and specialized skills. Becoming members of the Institution of Civil Engineers and obtaining the status of chartered civil engineer will make a significant difference on their salary.

Career options vary for different branches of civil engineering, but progress typically means being in charge of more complex design projects, and taking on management roles. Civil engineers with enough relevant work experience can also move into specialized consulting. Some of the fields of specialty for civil engineers include hydraulic engineering, land development, construction engineering and environmental engineering.

Top paying civil engineering jobs by industry are those in consultancy (£22,504 - £49,022 a year), local government (£22,300 - £43,705), engineering consulting (£22,165 - £39,821), and construction (£20,708 - £39,498).