Civil engineering has become one of the most lucrative jobs today. Large numbers of students are taking admission in various top-class engineering colleges around the world. A civil engineer's job not only includes whole lot of challenges and creativity, it also promises a good salary and high positions.
Civil engineering is one of the toughest jobs, involving lots of field work, research and planning. An experienced civil engineer gets a salary starting from around $75,000. A fresher generally gets lesser than what an experienced engineer can demand.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a Pennsylvania-based popular non-profit professional association, civil engineering graduates got an average starting salary offer of $52,443, as recorded in April 2010. During recession, when most professionals saw a declining salary range, civil engineers enjoyed a good hike, with civil engineering graduates having a 1.3% salary rise.
Among the top paying states in USA, mention should be made of the District of Columbia that once offered the highest average salary of $94,520 to civil engineers. Other US states where civil engineers gets a good pay-package are Louisiana, offering salary of $88,970, California - salary $87,180, Nevada - $85,820 and Delaware ready to pay $85,710 as salary to the civil engineers.
With experience and skill, salary of civil engineers keeps on rising. The pace of rise is steady unlike that of other professions worldwide. A highly experienced and qualified civil engineer can even demand a remuneration of $120,000 per annum.
In the government sector, the salary of civil engineers is good. In India, civil engineers working for the government get salary of around Rs. 8,000 to Rs.12, 000. With time and experience, the salary can go up to Rs 20,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month. Civil engineers working for private companies usually get a monthly salary of around Rs 30,000, and experienced command monthly salary of Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000.
Civil engineers working as consultants also get a good salary in public as well as private sectors in India and abroad.
Civil engineers working in certain specialized areas such as infrastructure, environment, etc, involving greater risks, fetch a good salary. Also, salaries of civil engineers depend on the type or length of project he or she is working for.
Many a times, government offers grants and assistance to civil engineers. For instance, government of many countries provides benefit like paying education loans to students who work in government projects. Civil engineering happens to be one of the most secure jobs available on this planet, with very little chance of remaining jobless. There is great scope of growth in terms of position and salary for civil engineers.