As of 2014, construction engineers straight out of school with a Bachelors degree earn on average between $55,000 and $65,000 per year. As experience builds, that rises to upward of $90,000, an amount that can grow even higher with advanced degrees.
In 2014, although average household income is declining and many are struggling to find work, construction engineers are in a good spot. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that engineering jobs will increase by nine percent by 2022, with civil engineering jobs increasing by 20 percent during that same time, making construction engineering a field with strong growth potential for those entering it.
There are multiple factors that combine to earn construction engineers higher pay, the most prevalent being advanced degrees. Many construction engineers do not pursue either a Master's degree or Ph.D., making those who have one highly valued. Those not interested in pursuing an advanced degree have access to various certificates that can be used as leverage when asking for more pay or being offered more money off the bat. Finally, experience plays a large part in an employer's decision about how much to pay, and those who build a strong portfolio of good work are much more likely to find higher paying work, either on a contract-by-contract basis or with a firm or city.