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Senior Civil Engineer Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $66K to $120K per year, and the average comes out to $85K per year. Total incomes of Senior Civil Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $66K and $120K. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Senior Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$64,860 - $116,286
(Median)
$65K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,951
10%
50%
90%

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$29.26 - $56.08
(Median)
$29
$39
$56
MEDIAN: $39.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$64,860 - $116,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,911  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $10,181  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$66,053 - $119,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.26 - $56.08  
   
Overtime
$28.10 - $60.53  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,911  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $10,181  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$66,053 - $119,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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Job Description for Senior Civil Engineer

A senior civil engineer handles the design, construction, and maintenance of public structures such as dams, bridges, buildings, and roads. It’s their job to ensure that each structure is able to withstand the wear and tear of constant use. Senior civil engineers work primarily in an office setting, although they typically perform on-site inspections to monitor projects' progress and look at potential problems. A senior civil engineer often oversees a team of other engineers and is expected to delegate to, mentor, train, and supervise subordinates. The average work week for a senior civil engineer typically is around 40 to 50 hours; however, unscheduled problems and important deadlines may require the senior civil engineer to have to work nights and weekends.

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Senior Civil Engineer Tasks

  • Conduct field assessments and inspections to plan and execute project goals.
  • Provide expertise for design and structural considerations, as well as evaluating site-specific needs.
  • Manage and advise staff in construction, operations and maintenance projects.
  • Present reports on proposals, new techniques, environmental impacts, right of way, etc.

Common Career Paths for Senior Civil Engineer


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Senior Civil Engineers who transition into new roles such as Structural Principal Engineer may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Structural Principal Engineer earns $104K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


The lowest salaries can be found at URS Corporation Inc. — median pay is $82K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $71K and only reaching $99K.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Civil Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Environmental Consulting, Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autocad Civil 3D, and Microstation. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Autocad Civil 3D and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with Project Management also know AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Civil Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Civil Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $79K on average. On average, Senior Civil Engineers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Civil Engineers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Senior Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Sacramento (+16 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (7 percent lower) and New York (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries



National Average
$87,000



Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries


Environmental Consulting
up arrow 7%

up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$87,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

WaterCAD
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 4%

Microstation
up arrow 4%

up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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