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2021 Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates

14,832 Bachelor's Degrees
$57,979 Avg Salary
$23,346 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Civil Engineering School for You

Highest Paid Civil Engineering GraduatesOut of the 338 majors we analyze each year, civil engineering was ranked #36. In fact, 14,832 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. The civil eng school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Civil Eng Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates ranking looked at 186 colleges that offer a bachelor's in civil eng.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of Civil Engineering Majors

The average civil engineering major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $57,979 per year during the early years of their career. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 46% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for Civil Eng Graduates from Schools Nationwide  57,979
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Civil Engineering Grads in the United States

Learn more about the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid civil eng graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Civil Eng Graduates

#1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Princeton.

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Stevens Institute of Technology earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. Stevens is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Hoboken. Students who receive their bachelor's in civil eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $72,700.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Stevens take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,905. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $267, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $72,500.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at SCU take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,596. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $181.

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San Jose State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid civil engineering school. Located in the city of San Jose, San Jose State is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $72,100.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at San Jose State take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,381. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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University of Southern California landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid civil engineering school. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles. Civil Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $71,500.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at USC take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,715. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $69,200.

On average, civil eng graduates from Notre Dame take out $16,185 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $178, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Southern Methodist University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid civil engineering school. Located in the large suburb of Dallas, SMU is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at SMU take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,135.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of the Pacific. Pacific is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Stockton. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $68,100.

Civil Eng majors at Pacific take out an average of $24,561 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid civil engineering school. Located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $68,100.

While working on their bachelor's, civil eng majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $18,842 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $202.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to United States Air Force Academy. Located in the fringe town of USAF Academy, USAFA is a public school with a small student population.

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Our rankings recognize California Baptist University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Riverside, Cal Baptist is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in civil eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $67,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from Cal Baptist carry an average student debtload of $23,507. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $239, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid civil engineering school. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

Civil Eng majors at MIT take out an average of $11,128 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, civil eng majors make an average salary of $67,100.

Civil Eng majors at Cornell take out an average of $14,681 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $163, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Virginia - Main Campus. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $66,500.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at University of Virginia take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,124. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $176, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University earned the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from GWU carry an average student debtload of $23,907.

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New York University

New York, NY

New York University landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid civil engineering school. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, civil eng majors make an average salary of $66,400.

On average, civil eng graduates from NYU take out $25,397 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverdale. Students who receive their bachelor's in civil eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $66,100.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Manhattan take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,790. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $66,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from Columbia carry an average student debtload of $11,624.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. RPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $66,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from RPI carry an average student debtload of $25,300. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Medford.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from Tufts carry an average student debtload of $15,362.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Berkeley. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $66,000.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at UC Berkeley take out while working on their bachelor's is $12,453. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $126.

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California State University - Chico comes in at #16 in this year's ranking. Chico State is a large public school located in the small city of Chico. Civil Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $64,900.

While working on their bachelor's, civil eng majors at Chico State accumulate an average of around $15,701 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $131, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Our rankings recognize Syracuse University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Civil Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $64,900.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Syracuse take out while working on their bachelor's is $25,071. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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United States Military Academy earned the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of West Point, West Point is a public school with a small student population.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates

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Villanova University

Villanova, PA
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Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#30

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates award.

Rank College Location
28 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
29 University of Houston Houston, TX
30 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA
31 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
32 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
32 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY
33 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
34 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
35 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
36 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
37 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN

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New England
Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 38 majors within the Engineering area of study, Civil Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 37,343
Electrical Engineering 17,946
Chemical Engineering 11,423
Computer Engineering 10,704
Biomedical Engineering 7,921

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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