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2021 Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates in Illinois

442 Bachelor's Degrees
$59,167 Avg Salary
$23,214 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates in IllinoisWith 442 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, civil engineering is the #41 most popular major in Illinois. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 3.0% of all the civil eng bachelor's degrees in the country. 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.

For this year's Highest Paid Civil Engineering Graduates in Illinois ranking, we looked at 6 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

After graduation, civil engineering majors from schools in Illinois earn an average salary of $59,167 per year. This is 49% higher than the average college graduate, who only makes around $39,802 a year.

This salary is in the same ballpark as the national average of $57,979 for those students who obtain a bachelor's degree in civil eng.

Average Salary for Civil Eng Graduates from Schools in Illinois  59,167
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Average Salary for Civil Eng Graduates from Schools Nationwide  57,979
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118,400
National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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118,400

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2021 Highest Paid Civil Engineering Grads in Illinois

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Best Schools for Highly Paid Civil Eng Graduates in Illinois

Our rankings recognize University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public school with a very 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 $62,900.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at UIUC take out while working on their bachelor's is $19,331. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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Illinois Institute of Technology earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in civil eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $60,600.

The average amount in student loans that civil eng majors at Illinois Tech take out while working on their bachelor's is $24,057. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $275, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Our rankings recognize Bradley University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Civil Eng majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $60,400.

Civil Eng majors at Bradley take out an average of $22,197 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $280, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

Civil Eng majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $20,417 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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University of Illinois at Chicago earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. UIC is a very large public school located in the city of Chicago. Students who receive their bachelor's in civil eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $59,600.

After completing their bachelor's degree, civil eng graduates from UIC carry an average student debtload of $23,060. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. SIUE is a large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in civil eng from the school is $56,700.

Civil Eng majors at SIUE take out an average of $22,938 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $223.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. SIUC is a large public school located in the city of Carbondale. Students who receive their bachelor's in civil eng from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $54,800.

Civil Eng majors at SIUC take out an average of $24,139 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $242, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Civil Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Civil Engineering Colleges in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 281
Ohio 246 532
Indiana 227 336
Wisconsin 209 303

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

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 968
Electrical Engineering 606
Computer Engineering 521
Chemical Engineering 303
Industrial Engineering 282

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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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