Senior Civil Engineer Salary

Senior Civil Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $73K to $128K per year, median earnings come to $92K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Civil Engineers can bottom out near $73K or peak near $128K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Civil Engineers (80 percent) survey respondents are men. For the most part, Senior Civil Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,258 - $124,405
$72K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,428
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50%
90%

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$30.89 - $58.40
$31
$42
$58
MEDIAN: $41.98
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$0$128K
Salary $72,258 - $124,405
Bonus $295.90 - $10,359
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,054
Commission $6,500
Total Pay (?
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$72,865 - $128,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 524
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $30.89 - $58.40
Overtime $30.28 - $67.48
Annual Data $0$128K
Bonus $295.90 - $10,359
Commission $6,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,054
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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$72,865 - $128,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 73

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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

  • Manage and advise staff in construction, operations and maintenance projects.
  • Present reports on proposals, new techniques, environmental impacts, right of way, etc.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Civil Engineer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Civil Engineers sometimes become Engineering Group Managers, where the average income is $116K per year. The most common career progression for Senior Civil Engineers leads to becoming a Structural Engineer, where pay is typically $64K. However, many Senior Civil Engineers also opt to become Structural Principal Engineers, a position that pays $105K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Civil Engineers, URS Corporation Inc., Parsons Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and Stantec Consulting Ltd. are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc offers the most; Senior Civil Engineers earn $96K on average there.

URS Corporation Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $80K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $99K.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Civil Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Project Management, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Autocad Civil 3D, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Autocad Civil 3D and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Civil Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Civil Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Civil Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 37 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Civil Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 195 salaries. An experienced Senior Civil Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 342 salaries. A Senior Civil Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 206 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,834

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

Surpassing the national average by 12 percent, Senior Civil Engineers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+11 percent), Orlando (+9 percent), Irvine (+1 percent), and Chicago (+1 percent). Senior Civil Engineers in Minneapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Nashville (21 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries

▲8%

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National Average
$95,000

▼8%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 5%
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