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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,460126$48.76/hr$32.67/hr$39.47/hr$47.99/hr$57.51/hr$65.55/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining10$45.40/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services1,500$42.29/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/A$47.99/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 30$45.43/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$46.17/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 80$43.89/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$44.53/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 100$41.23/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 110$41.81/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 140$41.83/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 140$39.66/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 170$44.36/hr6.3%
Southwest Minnesota 180$41.23/hr8.2%
Northeast Minnesota 220$45.19/hr9.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 230$44.13/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 230$44.53/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 230$44.53/hr8.9%
Northwest Minnesota 260$44.53/hr5.6%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 320$39.86/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,460$47.99/hr7.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,650$47.93/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,530$45.51/hr8.1%

  • Provide technical direction or supervision to junior engineers, engineering or computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, or other technical personnel.
  • Plan and design transportation or hydraulic systems or structures, using computer-assisted design or drawing tools.
  • Provide technical direction or supervision to junior engineers, engineering or computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, or other technical personnel.
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, program modifications, or structural repairs.
  • Check construction plans, design calculations, or cost estimations to ensure completeness, accuracy, or conformity to engineering standards or practices.
  • Design or engineer drainage, erosion, or sedimentation control systems for transportation projects.
  • Confer with contractors, utility companies, or government agencies to discuss plans, specifications, or work schedules.
  • 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.
  • Review and critique proposals, plans, or designs related to water or wastewater treatment systems.
  • Evaluate the operation and maintenance of water or wastewater systems to identify ways to improve their efficiency.