Senior Civil Engineer Salary

The majority of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States — about three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $67K to $121K per year, and the median is $86K annually. Total incomes of Senior Civil Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $67K and $121K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Civil Engineers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Senior Civil Engineers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,403 - $117,477
(Median)
$65K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,690
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$29.57 - $55.75
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$30
$40
$56
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$65,403 - $117,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,901  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $10,247  
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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$66,696 - $120,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,280
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Hourly Rate
$29.57 - $55.75  
   
Overtime
$27.61 - $60.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,901  
   
Profit Sharing
$608 - $10,247  
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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$66,696 - $120,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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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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For Senior Civil Engineers who go on to become Structural Principal Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Structural Principal Engineer earns $104K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


Salaries are easily beat at URS Corporation Inc., where median pay comes to just $82K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $71K and ending at $99K, range in salary is rather small.

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 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autocad Civil 3D, and Microstation. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Autocad Civil 3D and AutoCAD. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include AutoCAD and Autocad Civil 3D.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $71K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Civil Engineers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Senior Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Sacramento (+14 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (8 percent lower) and New York (5 percent lower).

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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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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 323 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: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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