Senior Civil Engineer Salary

Three-fourths of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $69K to $122K per year, but median earnings come to around $87K per year. The range in cash compensation to Senior Civil Engineers ($69K to $122K) includes potential earnings of $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Civil Engineers. Men account for the majority of Senior Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$67,516 - $119,063
(Median)
$68K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,232
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$30.72 - $57.42
(Median)
$31
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$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 (?
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: 1,221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Civil Engineer


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Senior Civil Engineers who advance into the role of an Engineering Group Manager are fairly uncommon. Engineering Group Managers on average earn $115K per year. Senior Civil Engineers go on to become Structural Engineers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $63K. Senior Civil Engineers who move into a Structural Principal Engineer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $104K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


Many Senior Civil Engineers can be found at URS Corporation Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Parsons Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Stantec Consulting Ltd., firms that are at the top of the field. Senior Civil Engineers flock to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $96K lead the pack in compensation.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $70K to just $99K — but URS Corporation Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $80K.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Civil Engineers deploy a deep pool of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, 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.


For Senior Civil Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Civil Engineers make a median salary of $91K. Senior Civil Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $102K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,809

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Civil Engineers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Senior Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (13 percent less) and New York (8 percent less).

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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)
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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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