Senior Civil Engineer Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Civil Engineers is $85K annually and can range from $66K on the lower end to $120K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation for Senior Civil Engineers runs from $66K to $120K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Senior Civil Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most Senior Civil Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$65,207 - $116,988
(Median)
$65K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,250
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50%
90%

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$29.42 - $55.70
(Median)
$29
$40
$56
MEDIAN: $39.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,207 - $116,988  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,788  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $10,247  
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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$66,457 - $120,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.42 - $55.70  
   
Overtime
$28.22 - $61.00  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$608 - $10,247  
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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$66,457 - $120,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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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At the upper end, Senior Civil Engineers who move into a Structural Principal Engineer role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $104K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


Senior Civil Engineers will find the worst pay at URS Corporation Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $82K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $99K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Senior Civil Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Environmental Consulting, Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Autocad Civil 3D and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Civil Engineer

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


For Senior Civil Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $71K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. Senior Civil Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $90K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $100K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Civil Engineers that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Philadelphia and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries


Environmental Consulting
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$88,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microstation
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WaterCAD
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 329 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: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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