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Senior Civil Engineer Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $66K to $120K per year and averages out to $85K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Civil Engineers — including $12K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $66K to $120K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Senior Civil Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Civil Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$64,511 - $116,084
(Median)
$65K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,639
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50%
90%

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$29.31 - $55.91
(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
$64,511 - $116,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,928  
Profit Sharing
$606 - $10,174  
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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$65,695 - $119,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.31 - $55.91  
   
Overtime
$28.22 - $60.46  
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 - $11,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$606 - $10,174  
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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$65,695 - $119,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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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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Senior Civil Engineers who become Structural Principal Engineers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $104K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


With a median salary of $82K, 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 report using a deep pool 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 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Microstation, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $70K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $79K. Senior Civil Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $89K. 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 $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Senior Civil Engineers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Sacramento (+16 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and New York (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Construction Estimating
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$87,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

WaterCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
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 366 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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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