Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

Average Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States make around $66K per year. In the world of Road & Highway Civil Engineers, overall income ranges from $50K near the bottom to $97K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Road & Highway Civil Engineers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,089 - $94,556
$51K
$66K
$95K
MEDIAN: $66,163
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50%
90%

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$20.60 - $45.57
$21
$32
$46
MEDIAN: $32.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$51,089 - $94,556  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $6,153  
Profit Sharing
$148.48 - $8,054  
Total Pay (?
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$49,529 - $97,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.60 - $45.57  
   
Overtime
$26.66 - $48.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.34 - $6,153  
   
Profit Sharing
$148.48 - $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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$49,529 - $97,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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Job Description for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Civil engineers who specialize in roads and highways help ensure safe, efficient transportation on roads and highways. They apply their skills in engineering, design, and planning to survey sites for new roads, make plans for new roads, and design maintenance schemes to make sure that roads remain usable. This position also involves planning for bridges, tunnels, and ramps, as well as making sure that these pathways are safe (such as through rails, warning signs, and appropriate speed limits). This position generally takes place in an office setting during regular business hours, although overtime and travel to work sites may be required.

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Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Tasks

  • Researches and analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
  • Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
  • Manages and directs staff at project site.
  • Performs engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


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Road & Highway Civil Engineers who move on to become Senior Civil Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Civil Engineers get paid an average of $89K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Although the highest salaries can be found at Parsons Corporation where median pay is $75K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $70K and $85K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Road & Highway Civil Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Bentley InRoad Software Suite, Engineering Design, and InRoads are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Construction Estimating, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Microstation tend to be well versed in InRoads and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Road & Highway Civil Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $88K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,714

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

For Road & Highway Civil Engineers, busy Tampa offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Road & Highway Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+15 percent), New York (+6 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Dallas (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

▲35%

▲30%

▲9%

National Average
$68,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries




▲2%


GeoPack
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$68,000


▼3%

▼3%



autodesk autocad
▼5%

▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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