Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

An average Road & Highway Civil Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $68K per year. Overall cash earnings for Road & Highway Civil Engineers stretch from $50K on the lower end to $100K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men make up the vast majority of Road & Highway Civil Engineers (87 percent) who took the survey. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$53,224 - $98,308
$53K
$68K
$98K
MEDIAN: $67,589
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$19.76 - $45.93
$20
$32
$46
MEDIAN: $32.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$53,224 - $98,308  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $7,149  
Profit Sharing
$148.22 - $9,123  
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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$50,348 - $99,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.76 - $45.93  
   
Overtime
$26.45 - $48.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$195.74 - $7,149  
   
Profit Sharing
$148.22 - $9,123  
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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$50,348 - $99,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


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Road & Highway Civil Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Civil Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $89K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Although salaries only range from $70K to just $85K, Parsons Corporation still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $75K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Bentley InRoad Software Suite, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Construction Estimating, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those proficient in Microstation are, more often than not, also skilled in InRoads and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Pay by Experience for a Civil Engineer, Road / Highway has a positive trend. An entry-level Civil Engineer, Road / Highway with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 127 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Civil Engineer, Road / Highway with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 109 salaries. An experienced Civil Engineer, Road / Highway which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 46 salaries. A Civil Engineer, Road / Highway with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,638

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

For Road & Highway Civil Engineers, busy Orlando offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Road & Highway Civil Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+15 percent), Tampa (+14 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and New York (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (10 percent less) and Columbus (5 percent less).

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Key Stats for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

▲37%

▲28%

▲8%

National Average
$69,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 4%
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