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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 1708$43.71/hr$27.58/hr$36.49/hr$42.03/hr$50.32/hr$59.11/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$68.87/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services4,190$45.13/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration1,580$43.14/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 20$44.48/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 90$44.79/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 90$41.80/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 130$39.97/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 130$41.69/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 140$40.60/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 170$42.03/hr6.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 180$37.48/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 200$40.62/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 280$41.80/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 310$41.80/hr6.5%
Northeast Minnesota 320$39.95/hr12.9%
Southwest Minnesota 330$41.50/hr11.2%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 360$38.71/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 370$41.80/hr31.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 450$35.91/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,860$45.03/hr12.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 4,980$44.96/hrN/A
Minnesota 6,260$44.27/hr12.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Architectural and Engineering Managers 3,960$69.59/hr6.7%
Construction Managers 5,880$45.64/hr8.1%
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 1,660$43.97/hr6.8%
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 50$43.36/hr15.9%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 450$44.38/hr7.4%
Environmental Engineers 870$41.80/hr12.2%
Nuclear Engineers 180$57.42/hrN/A
Engineers, All Other 2,190$48.97/hr-0.3%
Petroleum Engineers 50$57.76/hrN/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.