Senior Civil Engineer Salary

Senior Civil Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $84K annually on average but can range from $65K to $120K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Civil Engineers stretch from $65K on the lower end to $120K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Civil Engineers is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Senior Civil Engineers are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,056 - $115,724
(Median)
$64K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,200
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50%
90%

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$28.96 - $55.96
(Median)
$29
$39
$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
$64,056 - $115,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,911  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $10,090  
Total Pay (?
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$65,145 - $119,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,300
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.96 - $55.96  
   
Overtime
$28.41 - $60.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,911  
   
Profit Sharing
$610 - $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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$65,145 - $119,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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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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At the upper end, Senior Civil Engineers who move into a Structural Principal Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Structural Principal Engineers is a much higher $104K per year.

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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 $82K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $99K.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Senior Civil Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Autocad Civil 3D, and Microsoft Excel. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include 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.


Senior Civil Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Senior Civil Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $70K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $78K. For Senior Civil Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $89K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Civil Engineers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Sacramento (+17 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Workers in Philadelphia and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries



National Average
$86,000



Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries


Environmental Consulting
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Project Management
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Construction Estimating
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$86,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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WaterCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Microstation
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 390 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
43%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%