SALARY AND GROWTH
Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers plan and design the construction of highways, bridges, utilities, and other major infrastructure projects. They also help with commercial, residential, and land development. Civil engineering technicians work under the direction of a licensed civil engineer in offices and occasionally construction sites (1). In Allegheny County annual average salaries are $46,210. Civil engineering technicians are expected to have 17% employment growth between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.
National Level: On a national level, civil engineering technicians held about 79,000 jobs in 2010 and are projected to hold 88,500 by 2020. The median annual wage of civil engineering technicians was $46,290 in May 2010. The top 10 percent earned more than $70,450 and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $29,060. Employers generally want engineering technicians to have an associate’s degree from an ABET-accredited program, although the degree is not always required (2).
Employment Growth: National employment of civil engineering technicians is expected to increase by 12% from 2010 to 2020, which is much slightly less than the average for all occupations (1).
(2) Center for Workforce Information & Analysis