ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

Civil engineers are in demand. How can we prove it? It’s in the numbers.

Did you know that the median annual income for civil engineers is now $101,000? That’s one of the findings of the new 2017 ASCE Civil Engineering Salary Report.

You might say that the ASCE salary survey is “back by popular demand,” and yes, it’s new and better than ever!

The salary survey was a popular ASCE product for many years until our research partner went out of business in 2014. Our effort to find a new provider has paid off with a product that is more robust and more user-friendly.

This year’s report draws on survey responses from 5,868 Society members, ranging from individuals at the beginning of their career to leaders of the industry, and covering specialties spanning all types of civil engineering.

Previous iterations of the salary report focused mainly on compensation, but with this one, we expanded capabilities to include a look at benefits, gender, ethnicity, and other data points.

Perhaps the most important addition to the report is the inclusion of a salary calculator tool. This tool uses a regression model to calculate compensation for thousands of possible employment situations. Just select the criteria you want to calculate – level of education, licensure, industry sector, engineering grade, job function, years of experience, supervisory responsibilities, and more. The results will show both the median base salary and the total primary compensation.

Try the calculator to review survey results for your discipline or job specifications.

All ASCE members receive two free uses of the new salary calculator. All you need is your ASCE username and password. Find out your worth today.

We continue to strive to better serve you and the civil engineering profession, which is why I encourage you to keep sharing how we can improve your experience with us. We value your membership, your time, and your contributions in protecting the public’s health, safety, and welfare.





In case you missed them, here are some other developments around the ASCE community:

Follow the efforts of ASCE members in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey

I send my deepest sympathies to everyone in southeastern Texas, Louisiana, and Florida affected by the catastrophic rain, wind, and flooding of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As you witness how families cope in the aftermath and try to rebuild their lives, I encourage you to find ways you can help at our Hurricane Harvey page.

ASCE members are some of the most resilient professionals in the world, and their efforts in helping those in need have made me proud to work for such a wonderful membership. Again, reading some of the stories from members in Texas may prompt you to assist as they begin the road to recovery.

See the winners in ASCE’s bridge photos contest, then preorder your calendar

Every year we receive dozens of submittals from talented engineering photographers around the world, making it difficult to choose winners. After careful deliberation, an image of Michigan’s M-231 bridge by Sara Martin took the grand prize in ASCE’s 2017 Bridges Photo Contest. Vijay Jeyakrishnan earned the Viewer’s Choice Award with his striking photo of the 1866 New Portland Wire Bridge in New Portland, ME.

Enjoy Sara’s and Vijay’s photos and all the winners at ASCE’s Facebook page. You can look forward to seeing their photos in ASCE’s Bridges 2018 calendar, now available for preorder.

Participate in SEI trial problem on snow loads and contribute to future codes

The Structural Engineering Institute’s Trial Design Problems gauge whether civil engineers accurately understand code provisions, generating valuable data that improves future codes and standards. The latest problem is focused on snow loads. Do you have what it takes? Submit your response by Oct. 15.

Back-to-school, and a new year – what’s your focus? Career expert offers advice

Engineering career adviser Anthony Fasano walks current and prospective students down a practical path of what to focus on in freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years. He offers advice on the value of building a professional network, how to navigate class selections, the value of choosing a suitable internship, and more. Read his Ask Anthony post, plus the archive of his past posts.

Let the founder of Harvard’s sustainability program explain why an Envision credential is essential

“You need to be Envision certified. If you don’t know how to design that way and earn those ratings, you’re not going to be the winner on these projects,” says Paul Zofnass, founder of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University. The Envision program is about applying sustainability in all aspects of project delivery. Discover the benefits of the credential on ASCE News.

Take ownership of your brand, says ASCE 2017 Convention closing speaker

The advent of social media hasn’t only made it possible for individuals to create personal brands; they’ve made it essential, according to the closing keynote speaker at the ASCE 2017 Convention in New Orleans. Kaplan Mobray, bestselling author of The 10Ks of Personal Branding, recently shared his wisdom about personal branding with ASCE News, helping civil engineers take ownership of their own narrative.

Four ASCE Guided Online Courses begin Sept. 25

ASCE’s Guided Online Courses are interactive, six- or 12-week instructor-led learning experiences you attend online with a cohort of peers. You’ll learn through video lectures, case studies, asynchronous exercises, and discussion with classmates. Complete each weekly module at a time and pace convenient to you. The next four courses begin Sept. 25. Learn more and register.

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