Senior Civil Engineer Salary

The majority of Senior Civil Engineers in the United States — over three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $73K to $128K per year, and the median is $93K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Civil Engineers bottoms out near $73K and approaches $128K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the particular employer. There are far more male Senior Civil Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The majority of Senior Civil Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$72,797 - $127,435
$73K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $93,229
10%
50%
90%

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$32.74 - $60.93
$33
$42
$61
MEDIAN: $42.28
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50%
90%

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$0$131K
Salary $72,797 - $127,435
Bonus $0.00 - $10,332
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,018
Commission $10,000
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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$73,910 - $131,265
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 509
Hourly Data $0$88
Hourly Rate $32.74 - $60.93
Overtime $32.52 - $88.87
Annual Data $0$131K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,332
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $8,018
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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$73,910 - $131,265
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 71

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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Senior Civil Engineers do not often transition into Engineering Group Manager roles. The role averages $116K per year. Becoming a Structural Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Civil Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Structural Engineer is $64K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Civil Engineers to assume a Structural Principal Engineer role; in this role, workers often take home $105K.

Senior Civil Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Civil Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Parsons Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and Stantec Consulting Ltd. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Civil Engineers. Senior Civil Engineers flock to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $96K lead the pack in compensation.

Salaries are easily beat at URS Corporation Inc., where median pay comes to just $80K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $70K and ending at $99K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Senior Civil Engineer


Survey takers working as Senior Civil Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Project Management, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Autocad Civil 3D, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know 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: $95,429

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

For Senior Civil Engineers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Senior Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+11 percent), Orlando (+8 percent), Irvine (+1 percent), and Chicago (+1 percent). Senior Civil Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Civil Engineers in Minneapolis bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Nashville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (21 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Civil Engineer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
32%

Experience Affects Senior Civil Engineer Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$95,000

▼1%

▼8%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Senior Civil Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 6%