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Civil Engineer Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
52,300 EUR
( 4,360 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Civil Engineer in France typically earns around 52,300 EUR per year. Salaries range from 24,600 EUR (lowest) to 82,600 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in France

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in France range from 24,600 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 82,600 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 55,400 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 55,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 55,400 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 36,000 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 36,000 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 73,200 EUR while 25% are earning more than 73,200 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly France Civil Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 28,400 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 39,100 EUR per year, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 55,600 EUR per year, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 67,800 EUR per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 71,600 EUR per year, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 78,000 EUR per year, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
28,400 EUR
2 - 5 Years+38%
39,100 EUR
5 - 10 Years+42%
55,600 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
67,800 EUR
15 - 20 Years+6%
71,600 EUR
20+ Years+9%
78,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 39,100 EUR per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 71,600 EUR per year, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in France

Bachelor's Degree
39,100 EUR
Master's Degree+83%
71,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in France costs anywhere from 25,400 Euro(s) to 76,100 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Civil Engineer employees in France earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

50,700 EUR
54,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

How much are annual salary increments in France for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

France / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Civil Engineer employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
59,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
62,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in France

How are Civil Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
46,000 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
47,700 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
49,400 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
50,900 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer salaries in France are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in France

25 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 25 EUR. This means that the average Civil Engineer in France earns approximately 25 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Engineering yearly France
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 3% less than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer54,200 EUR+4%
Assembly Engineering Technician45,500 EUR-13%
Assistant Chief Engineer59,600 EUR+14%
Associate Engineer52,400 EUR+0%
Autocad Operator41,200 EUR-21%
Automation Engineer55,700 EUR+6%
Avionic System Support Engineer51,400 EUR-2%
Biochemical Engineer61,000 EUR+17%
BMS Engineer57,500 EUR+10%
Bridge and Lock Tender51,300 EUR-2%
Broadcast Engineer59,600 EUR+14%
CAD Design Engineer50,600 EUR-3%
CAD Designer40,900 EUR-22%
CAE Engineer49,100 EUR-6%
Ceramics Engineer52,900 EUR+1%
Civil Engineer52,300 EUR-0%
Commissioning Engineer54,300 EUR+4%
Communications Engineer54,400 EUR+4%
Condition Monitoring Engineer48,900 EUR-7%
Contract Associate Engineer58,000 EUR+11%
Control Systems Engineer52,500 EUR+0%
Controls Engineer53,000 EUR+1%
Controls Software Engineer55,100 EUR+5%
Corrosion Engineer49,000 EUR-6%
Design Engineer55,200 EUR+6%
Drafter40,700 EUR-22%
Drafting Manager59,400 EUR+14%
Drilling Engineer53,300 EUR+2%
Electrical Draughtsman34,000 EUR-35%
Electrical Engineer57,900 EUR+11%
Electrical Engineering Manager65,800 EUR+26%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist57,900 EUR+11%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler48,600 EUR-7%
Energy Engineer59,200 EUR+13%
Engine Assembler39,000 EUR-25%
Engineer50,700 EUR-3%
Engineering Account Manager51,100 EUR-2%
Engineering Chief Designer54,000 EUR+3%
Engineering Consultant59,800 EUR+14%
Engineering Key Account Manager63,100 EUR+21%
Engineering Lab Technician47,400 EUR-9%
Engineering Planning Manager67,200 EUR+28%
Engineering Production Manager69,700 EUR+33%
Engineering Project Analyst60,400 EUR+15%
Engineering Project Coordinator 52,700 EUR+1%
Engineering Project Director64,800 EUR+24%
Engineering Project Manager64,600 EUR+24%
Engineering Research and Development Manager66,000 EUR+26%
Engineering Safety Coordinator46,900 EUR-10%
Engineering Sales Manager65,800 EUR+26%
Engineering Technician47,400 EUR-9%
Engineering Technologist50,100 EUR-4%
Environmental Engineer57,700 EUR+10%
Equipment Engineer51,800 EUR-1%
Equipment Engineering Manager61,300 EUR+17%
Estimator52,400 EUR+0%
Fabrication Specialist44,800 EUR-14%
Fabricator38,000 EUR-27%
Facade Engineer59,100 EUR+13%
Fiber Analyst42,800 EUR-18%
Field Engineer49,100 EUR-6%
Field Engineering Manager69,500 EUR+33%
Fire Engineer54,000 EUR+3%
Fitter and Turner30,200 EUR-42%
Forestry Strategic Planner58,600 EUR+12%
Generation Engineer59,300 EUR+13%
Genetic Engineer63,400 EUR+21%
Geological Engineer62,300 EUR+19%
Geotechnical Engineer60,400 EUR+15%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic40,500 EUR-23%
Highway Engineer48,100 EUR-8%
HSE Professional49,000 EUR-6%
HVAC Engineer52,400 EUR+0%
HVAC Supervisor51,100 EUR-2%
Industrial Engineer52,700 EUR+1%
Industrial Engineering Technologist53,200 EUR+2%
Instrument Engineer56,200 EUR+7%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer57,000 EUR+9%
Instrumentation Engineer54,400 EUR+4%
Instrumentation Manager68,900 EUR+32%
Irrigation Engineer51,400 EUR-2%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer53,600 EUR+2%
Locomotive Engineer50,900 EUR-3%
Maintenance Engineer49,300 EUR-6%
Maintenance Fitter35,400 EUR-32%
Maintenance Manager63,700 EUR+22%
Manufacturing Engineer55,000 EUR+5%
Marine Engineer50,200 EUR-4%
Materials Engineer51,200 EUR-2%
Materials Researcher59,900 EUR+15%
Materials Technician49,100 EUR-6%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer57,500 EUR+10%
Mechanical Design Engineer59,300 EUR+13%
Mechanical Designer50,400 EUR-4%
Mechanical Engineer55,500 EUR+6%
Mechanical Engineering Manager69,700 EUR+33%
Mechanical Inspector54,700 EUR+5%
Mechatronics Engineer50,400 EUR-4%
Mining Engineer49,000 EUR-6%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer59,700 EUR+14%
Optical Engineer48,800 EUR-7%
Optical Instrument Assembler42,600 EUR-19%
PCB Assembler38,800 EUR-26%
Photonics Engineer57,800 EUR+11%
Photonics Technician45,700 EUR-13%
Pipeline Engineer51,400 EUR-2%
Piping Designer44,300 EUR-15%
Piping Engineer48,700 EUR-7%
Planning Engineer49,200 EUR-6%
Pressure Vessel Inspector34,100 EUR-35%
Principal Cost Engineer58,900 EUR+13%
Principal Engineer55,500 EUR+6%
Principal Support Engineer52,400 EUR+0%
Process Engineer50,300 EUR-4%
Process Operator46,700 EUR-11%
Product Development Engineer59,500 EUR+14%
Product Development Technician47,100 EUR-10%
Product Engineer52,100 EUR-0%
Product Safety Engineer50,000 EUR-4%
Production Engineer53,400 EUR+2%
Project Engineer54,400 EUR+4%
Proposal Manager61,400 EUR+17%
Purchasing Engineer53,100 EUR+2%
Quality Assurance Engineer49,400 EUR-6%
Rail Engineer53,200 EUR+2%
Robotics Engineer60,100 EUR+15%
Robotics Technician53,300 EUR+2%
Safety Engineer51,100 EUR-2%
Safety Inspector49,000 EUR-6%
Safety Manager59,900 EUR+15%
Safety Officer43,100 EUR-18%
Sales Engineer48,700 EUR-7%
Scheduling Engineer43,900 EUR-16%
Service Engineer58,200 EUR+11%
Solar Engineer54,200 EUR+4%
Staff Engineer49,100 EUR-6%
Static Equipment Engineer51,800 EUR-1%
Stationary Engineer48,600 EUR-7%
Stress Engineer48,800 EUR-7%
Structural Analysis Engineer52,500 EUR+0%
Structural Designer49,700 EUR-5%
Structural Engineer57,200 EUR+9%
Structural Technician46,100 EUR-12%
Supply Chain Specialist57,900 EUR+11%
Surveyor41,600 EUR-20%
Technical Affairs Officer42,400 EUR-19%
Technical Assistant44,800 EUR-14%
Technical Engineer48,100 EUR-8%
Technical Support Engineer49,700 EUR-5%
Tender Engineer47,400 EUR-9%
Test Development Engineer53,000 EUR+1%
Transportation Engineer53,400 EUR+2%
Validation Engineer50,400 EUR-4%
Verification Engineer51,400 EUR-2%
Wastewater Engineer48,000 EUR-8%
Wind Energy Engineer54,600 EUR+4%
Wind Energy Operations Manager67,900 EUR+30%
Work Planner40,000 EUR-24%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux47,800 EUR
Lille47,000 EUR
Lyon54,800 EUR
Marseille59,000 EUR
Montpellier48,000 EUR
Nantes51,300 EUR
Nice55,300 EUR
Paris57,800 EUR
Strasbourg53,300 EUR
Toulouse57,200 EUR
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