Senior Civil Engineer Salary

With roughly three-fourths 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 $87K per year and can range from $69K on the lower end to $122K per year near the higher end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $12K, total cash payment to Senior Civil Engineers can bottom out at $69K or peak near $122K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Civil Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$67,516 - $119,063
(Median)
$68K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,232
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$30.72 - $57.42
(Median)
$31
$40
$57
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,516 - $119,063  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,050  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $11,745  
Total Pay (?
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$68,532 - $122,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.72 - $57.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$28.34 - $63.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$610 - $11,745  
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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$68,532 - $122,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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.

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While Senior Civil Engineers do not often become Engineering Group Managers, the job pays $115K per year on average. The most common promotion for Senior Civil Engineers is a Structural Engineer position, which usually brings in $63K a year. Another standard transition for Senior Civil Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Structural Principal Engineer role, where pay is often $104K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Parsons Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Stantec Consulting Ltd. are top-notch employers for Senior Civil Engineers in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc offers the most; Senior Civil Engineers earn $96K on average there.

With a median salary of $80K, URS Corporation Inc. provides Senior Civil Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $99K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Senior Civil Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Environmental Consulting, Project Management, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Civil Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $72K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. Senior Civil Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,809

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For Senior Civil Engineers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and New York (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries



National Average
$90,000



Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries


Environmental Consulting
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Project Management
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Design
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Construction Estimating
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

WaterCAD
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National Average
$90,000

Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microstation
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 255 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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