Civil Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. Includes architectural, structural, traffic, and geotechnical engineers. (SOC Code: 17-2051)

Average wage in the State of Hawaii (2022)*:
$89,870 / per year

Typical Entry -Level Education**:
Bachelor’s degree

On-the-job Training**:

Work Environment**:
Civil engineers work in a variety of locations and conditions, commonly splitting their time between an office setting and construction sites. Most civil engineers work full time, and some work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become a Civil Engineer**:
Civil engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field to enter the occupation. They typically need a state-issued license if they provide services directly to the public.

* State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism “Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics” Data (2022) (

** Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (