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Senior Civil Engineer Salary

Senior Civil Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about three-fourths of Senior Civil Engineers. Salaries average out to around $83K annually and spread from $64K to $119K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Civil Engineers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $64K to approximately $119K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Senior Civil Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$63,124 - $114,496
(Median)
63K
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MEDIAN: $83,279
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$28.72 - $54.55
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,124 - $114,496  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,923  
Profit Sharing
$605 - $10,090  
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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$64,161 - $118,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,408
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.72 - $54.55  
   
Overtime
$27.40 - $60.45  
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 - $11,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$605 - $10,090  
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).
)
$64,161 - $118,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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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For Senior Civil Engineers, career progression to a Structural Principal Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Structural Principal Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $104K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


Pay for Senior Civil Engineers is the lowest at URS Corporation Inc., which has a median salary of $81K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $99K.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Civil Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microstation, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $69K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Civil Engineers make a median salary of $87K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $99K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Civil Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Senior Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), Sacramento (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in New York and Boston (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries


Environmental Consulting
up arrow 7%

Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$85,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

WaterCAD
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Autocad Civil 3D
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 487 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%