Top 10 Highest Paying Civil Engineering Careers

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Interested in a civil engineering career? Find out about the Top 10 Highest Paying Civil Engineering Careers, what they do and what education you need.

1)  Engineering Project Managers
Average Salary: $65,175 – $121,009
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $104,280
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: An engineering project manager plans, directs, organizes projects, including preparing proposals, maintaining financial records, product strategy and ensures the project conforms with safety regulations.

2) Senior Civil Engineer
Average Salary: $64,173 – $143,239
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $87,241
Education: A bachelor’s degree or civil engineering diploma with related experience is required.
Job DescriptionA civil engineer plans, designs, develops and manages projects to construct or repair buildings, bridges, highways, and other structures.

3)  Engineering Managers
Average Salary: $65,175 – $121,009
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $104,280
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: An engineering manager plans, directs, organizes, controls and evaluates the activities of the engineering department, project or firm.

4) Civil Engineer
Average Salary: $64,173 – $143,239
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $87,241
Education: A bachelor’s degree or civil engineering diploma with related experience is required.
Job Description: A civil engineer plans, designs, develops and manages projects to construct or repair buildings, bridges, highways, and other structures.

5)  Architect
Average Salary: $52,140 – $125,136
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $75,207
Education: Post secondary education required. A bachelors degree or a diploma from a vocational school is preferred, as well as an internship.
Job Description: An architect conceptualizes plans and creates designs to construct and renovate commercial, institutional and residential buildings.

6) Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
Average Salary: $46,926 – $140,381
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $87,991
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: Engineering inspectors inspect transportation vehicles, weighing meters, industrial instruments, processes and equipment to ensure they comply with government and industry regulations.

 7) Civil Engineering Drafter
Average Salary: $45,883 – $112,622
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $70,910
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: Civil drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs and related technical information.

8)  Civil Engineering Technologist
Average Salary: $45,883 – $112,622
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $70,910
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: A civil engineering technologist develops engineering drawings and designs from concepts and sketches which have already been laid out. They also prepare construction specifications, estimates for the cost of materials and labour, conduct field surveys and inspections, of all types of construction buildings and structures.

9) Civil Engineering Technician
Average Salary: $45,883 – $112,622
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $70,910
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: A civil engineering technician assists in developing engineering drawings and specifications and performs other technical duties pertaining to civil engineering.

 10) Land Surveyor
Average Salary: $58,396 – $133,686
Annual Provincial Median Salary (BC): $65,175
Education: A civil engineering diploma or degree is required.
Job Description: Land surveyors plan, direct and conduct legal surveys in order to create and/or determine property boundaries, contours and prepare for drawings, plans, records and official documents.

If you are interested in a civil engineering career and aren’t sure where to start, Brighton College may be for you! Brighton College offers in-depth training in AutoCAD, Civil Infrastructure Design, Architectural Design, and Construction. Call 604-227-3883 or fill out the form below for more info!

*Data taken from PayScale and WorkBC.ca

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