The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a report on the median pre-tax annual salary of civil engineers every year, using the answers provided by respondents working within the field, from different levels of higher education, and spread out across the various disciplines of the subject. With this in mind, the ASCE just released the 2020 edition of this annual salary report, titled Civil Engineers’ Income and Job Satisfaction Continue to Rise. Today’s episode is a further examination of this report, as well as a list of the highest-paying cities in the US for civil engineers, compiled by the ASCE.
According to previous reports, base salaries have been on the rise for some time, increasing by an amount of 4-6% each year since 2017, and this trend continued to happen this year. According to the report, civil engineers' median pre-tax annual salaries in 2019 was $115,000, which is an increase from $109,000 they reported last year.
This positive trend of increasing base salaries is a good sign for every engineer out there, and actually, a motivation for everyone to get the PE license. The report stated that civil engineers with a professional engineer license make about $121,000, which is $31,000 higher than the median salary for those civil engineers who do not have any professional license. So, getting a PE license can really help out every engineer in the long run. If you’re serious about taking your career to the next level, The Ultimate Civil PE Review Course is the only course you need to ace that exam. Don’t forget to check it out!
When it comes to the list of the best cities to be a civil engineer in the US, based solely on salary, can you guess which countries would be in the top 5? Can you guess how much, on average, practicing civil engineers in these cities are making? Listen to the show to find out!
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Isaac Oakeson: What's going on, everybody? Isaac here with Civil Engineering Academy. What's going on? Heytoday's going to be a fun episode. I wanted to talk about some salary trends, according to the ASCE. Kind of where we're headed at this point. I also wanted to discuss the top five cities that maybe you want to work at. This is solely based on salary. So, these are the top five cities with the top five salaries for civil engineers. It's going to be a good one as we discuss these salary levels. And you know, you don't necessarily have to live in the city, but you do need to work there to make these kinds of salaries. Anyway, it's going to be a good one. Big shout out to those that took the PE exam last week. Hopefully you're not brain dead. Hopefully you're getting back into a normal routine now for the worst part, and that is waiting for the results. So, you know, when this thing switches over to computer-based, that will take less time. But right now it is what it is, and you're going to be waiting for those results. And they'll come about let's say Christmas time. Nice Christmas present for you. So, hopefully you'll pass. I know you did. If you put in the work, then you will definitely get a passing score. Shoot me an email if you want to tell me your experience with the PE exam, as well as any results that you want to share. So, I love hearing those stories. I love sharing those stories. So, shoot me an email: [email protected], and it'll be fun to hear those. So, anyway, hopefully you're doing well. Let's get right to it. Let's talk about salary trends, and the top five cities to work at, If you are a civil engineer and you want the most pay. It's coming right up.
Isaac Oakeson: All right, guys, let's get right into it. In today's episode, we want to talk about some salary trends, as well as the top five cities where we can make some good money as civil engineeringAs civil engineers, not civil engineering. So, you know, there's reports that are always posted at the ASCE, and these are kind of fun just to talk about. Butbased on the 2020 ASCE civil engineering salary report today they released some information and they said after the median salary in 2019 was $115,000, which is an increase from $109,000 reported last year. This follows a steady trend over the past few years, that base salaries have risen between four and 6%. Okay. And I've also read articles that in 2016 to 2026, they're stating that we're going to have 11% growth. So, you know, we're not sure how COVID-19 has hit things, and things of that nature, but compensation for civil engineers does continue to rise, which is a good sign if you are in the world of civil engineering or thinking about becoming a civil engineer. So just some general tips there about the salary. Here's some other interesting facts that I can find out for you that the median salary for civil engineers with professional engineering license --- Okay? --- Was $121,000, which is $31,000 higher than the median salary for those civil engineers who do not have a PE license or certification. So, for those test takers that took the exam last week, see what you got here? You're looking at almost a $31,000 difference between median salary. So it's going to help you for sure in the long run of your career and something you definitely want to get done. So, if you need help, hit up our review course we got for you: civilpereviewcourse.com. We'll give you all the tips, tools, resources, exams, lecture modules, and support that you need to ace this exam. So go check that out. Civilpereviewcourse.Com. So, that's good stuff there. Those with a bachelor's degree have a median salary of $106,000 up from $97,000 in 2019. Those with the master's degree have a median salary of $119,000 up from $110,000 In 2019. And those with doctoral degrees have median salaries of $119,700 up from $116,500 in 2019. So, you can see the trend is definitely up. I think a good combination is a master's with a PE license. If you can get the master's while you're in school, it's good to get it over with. But even if you get it afterwards, like I did, it can be difficult when you get the kids come in and all that stuff dealing with. But, it is still worth getting because it'll help you out in the long run for sure. My advice on that is a lot of times, if you do get it afterwards, your employer will pay for you to get it, or at least subsidized quite a bit of the cost to get a master's degree. So, maybe that's something you want to consider. Or, if you're fortunate enough where the timing of you getting a job and still earning your Master's just happens to work out where you can get your master's right after you get your bachelor's, that would be awesome too. So, in any case, it's worth getting because your salary does get bumped up. So, the median salary for survey respondents here who have master's degrees is nearly $14,000 more than respondentswhose highest level of education attained is a bachelor's degree. So, that's pretty good. Definitely is trending up. Petroleum engineers, that line of business, continues to be the highest apparentlywhich is crazy to me. But yes, it is. They're making about $145,000. And those working in geo-tech and structural are earning the least, which is also surprising since structures seems to be, at least in my mind, one of the harder subjects to get all the education you need and the exams that you need to pass. So, anyway.
Isaac Oakeson: Despite the overall continuous positive trend, there still a pay gap between women and men. And the gap was narrowed a little bit, but male respondents said that they're making $117,500 versus $95,000 for women, which is up from last year, but there's still a gap there. So Hispanic and African American respondents said that they had incomes of $103,000 and a $100,000, respectively, which is up quite a bit from last year. So, that's good as well. Soyou know, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the industry in 2020, but those are the trends that are happening and they're good trends. Soit's a good time to be a civil engineer and definitely want to check into it. We're obviously going to encourage everyone to become a civil engineer because we think it's cool. It's all around us, right? From the water we drink to the buildings we're in, the ground, everything. So, society would not be the way it is without civil engineers. So it's a good, good industry to be in.
Isaac Oakeson: All right. Now let's dive into what are the best cities to be a civil engineer, solely based on salary. You know, you might not want to live here, but maybe you do want to live here. And if you're looking for just straight up salary, these are still probably the best places to go to be a civil engineer. Now, I don't know how COVID has affected these numbers at all, but right now, it is what it is, okay? Sowe're trending upward with salaries and they continue to grow. It's a good time to be a civil engineer.
Isaac Oakeson: All right, let's get to number one. The first city that you may want to check out, and it's the top-paying city for civil engineers is actually New York City. So, obviously you got cost of living dealing with and stuff like that. But if you're just looking at salary levels, New York City is making about $134,000 as a civil engineer. So, they obviously got a lot going for them. They're a huge, huge city. They've got over 8 million residents, and they got a ton of visitors all the time. They've got the nation's largest subway system. They got tall, tall buildings and they continue to grow. So, it's a good place to go, just to suck in all the civil engineering that's going on there, and they're going to pay you very well for it. So $134,000 if you're living in New York City.
Isaac Oakeson: So, number two on our list is actually Washington, DC. So you've got a lot of visitors. You got a lot of monuments. They've got over 22 million visitors that came over there in 2017. So that's a lot of visitors. They've got a lot going for them. So, you know, there's politics going on over there, but you got a lot of stuff. There's commuters, there's a ton of infrastructure. It's a growing landscape. And it's just a good place to be. So, very diverse. Very fun place. Washington DC. They're going to pay you about $134,000, just underneath New York City. New York's about $134,200, and Washington, DC is about $134,000 even. So, very close. You probably could work at either, the way transportation's going, but maybe not. Washington, DC. $134,000.
Isaac Oakeson: Number three on the list is Chicago. Chicago is going to pay you about $132,000, and they're growing quite a bit. So, they've got over 8% of its total land acreage devoted to green space, which is crazy. And they've got billion dollar projects in the pipelinelooking at still going green, like building like crazy. So, there's a lot of stuff going on for them. I think if you want to check out the city of Chicagolive in the suburbs, go work in the city, you're going to make pretty good money there. So, it's definitely on the map for a growing place for civil engineering. A lot of good firms there already. So, Chicago.
Isaac Oakeson: Number four on our list is actually Seattle. This is in the Northwest. I was going to ask you where it might be, but I already spilled the beans. So, Seattle, up in the Northwest. It's got a beautiful landscape. You've got the Space Needle. You've got that Mount Rainier backdrop. Fun place to be. It's got a lot of stuff going for them. So they're going to pay you about $123,000 working in Seattle as a civil engineer. And you get to be part of a lot of innovative and sustainable solutions if you're living in Seattle.
Isaac Oakeson: So, we're up to the last and final one. Can you guess where it's going to be? Does anybody know? Probably not. It's going to be in the West. Okay. If you're looking to live out in the West, Denver is actually the place you want to check out. According to the ASCE, Denver residents who are civil engineers are making about $122,000, which is awesome. So, it's got that old West feel. You got downtown right there. They call it the Mile High City. It's got a lot of places to work and take part of. You've got all your stadiums, if you love professional sports. They're all right there for you. And If you feel like skiing, you got the Rocky Mountains that are hanging out there too.
Isaac Oakeson: Guysthat's going to be all the places. What do you think about those cities? Would you head there for the money? Do you like living there? Would you look at somewhere else? I'd love to know what your thoughts are on that. But if you are looking for a higher-paying salary, you may want to consider those cities to look at first, if you are open to being mobile and looking around. So, salary trends are on the rise, which is exciting for every civil engineer that's out there. And yeah. Guys, that's all I got. This is just a fun episode. We're talking about salaries. Hopefully you're decompressing, if you took the PE exam last week. And if you haven't, it's time to start gearing up. Soearn that salary. Get your FE done. Get your PE done. Finish up your schooling. And let's get after it. And that's gonna wrap us up, guys. Thanks for joining me today. Hopefully you're having a great day, great weekend, wherever you are. Stay safe out there and if you need more resources, come check us out: civilengineeringacademy.com.
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