Senior Civil Engineer Salary

About three in four of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $67K to $120K per year, but median earnings come to around $86K per year. In the world of Senior Civil Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $67K and $120K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $10K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Men make up the vast majority of Senior Civil Engineers (87 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$65,705 - $117,239

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$29.88 - $55.16

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,705 - $117,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,705  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $10,094  
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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$67,089 - $120,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.88 - $55.16  
   
Overtime
$29.25 - $62.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,705  
   
Profit Sharing
$608 - $10,094  
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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$67,089 - $120,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Civil Engineers move into roles as Structural Principal Engineers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $104K per year. A Structural Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Civil Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $63K on average. The Senior Structural Engineer position is another common transition for Senior Civil Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $95K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


Senior Civil Engineers in search of the best pay head to Parsons Corporation, where the median salary rolls in at $91K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $126K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $83K.

URS Corporation Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $82K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $71K to $99K.

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 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D. People who know Project Management usually also know AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are 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 many Senior Civil Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. On average, Senior Civil Engineers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, 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 18 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Employers in Philadelphia and New York also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries


Environmental Consulting
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Design
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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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Engineering Design
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$88,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 316 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
45%
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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