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Civil Engineering Schools

As a professor or instructor of civil engineering classes at one of the 415 accredited civil engineering schools in the country, you play a crucial role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the civil engineering academic community and the future trends. Academia in civil engineering includes civil engineering training at the following levels:

  • Civil Engineering Certificate
  • Associates degree in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering
  • Masters degree in Civil Engineering
  • PhD degree in Civil Engineering


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Civil engineering professionals

430,530 446,860 464,410 447,330 415,840
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

415,840 civil engineering professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 3%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Civil engineering professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by civil engineering professionals around the nation, was $56,760 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for civil engineering professionals in the US was 12% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Civil Engineering

$50,373 $52,533 $54,460 $56,053 $56,760
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Civil engineering professionals' salaries have seen a 13% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Civil Engineering Student enrollment growth by degree

1,096 1,087 1,091 1,167 1,216
9,511 10,163 11,019 11,393 11,772
750 805 752 762 714
3,770 3,482 3,595 3,794 4,075
207 172 208 252 289
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Grey: Certificate in Civil Engineering

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for civil engineering professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 15,334 students graduated from civil engineering degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 18,066 students graduated from civil engineering schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 18% growth in the number of civil engineering graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from civil engineering courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Civil Engineering Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering civil engineering programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 424 civil engineering schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 415 schools.

Civil Engineering Faculty Salaries

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