Occupational Employment Statistics


17-2051 Civil Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. Includes architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geo-technical engineers. Excludes “Hydrologists" (19-2043).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 28024$39.28/hr$25.37/hr$29.44/hr$39.66/hr$48.74/hr$54.17/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities50$56.06/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services4,100$43.48/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration960$44.95/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA 50$48.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$44.34/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$39.77/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$37.78/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 100$38.29/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 110$35.26/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 140$38.30/hr6.8%
Southwest Minnesota 170$39.11/hr11.2%
Northwest Balance of State 180$41.00/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 200$36.29/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 280$39.66/hr6.5%
Northeast Minnesota 320$42.19/hr12.9%
Central Minnesota 330$44.91/hr31.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 360$39.88/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 500$36.00/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,420$43.95/hr12.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,600$43.98/hrN/A
Minnesota 5,470$43.41/hr12.7%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Engineering Managers 4,080$67.49/hr6.7%
Construction Managers 5,340$44.57/hr8.1%
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 1,850$40.24/hr6.8%
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 70$48.01/hr15.9%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 390$44.19/hr7.4%
Environmental Engineers 1,130N/A12.2%
Nuclear Engineers N/AN/A-3.7%
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects N/AN/AN/A
Engineers, All Other 2,450$49.53/hr-0.3%
Petroleum Engineers N/AN/AN/A

  • Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems or structures using computer assisted design or drawing tools.
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs.
  • Check construction plans, design calculations, or cost estimations to ensure completeness, accuracy, or conformity to engineering standards or practices.
  • Confer with contractors, utility companies, or government agencies to discuss plans, specifications, or work schedules.
  • Design or engineer drainage, erosion, or sedimentation control systems for transportation projects.
  • Design or prepare plans for new transportation systems or parts of systems, such as airports, commuter trains, highways, streets, bridges, drainage structures, or roadway lighting.
  • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt, or steel.
  • Prepare project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
  • Prepare final project layout drawings that include details such as stress calculations.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications.