Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

The average Road & Highway Civil Engineer in the United States earns approximately $68K annually. Cash earnings for Road & Highway Civil Engineers — including $8K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $101K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Road & Highway Civil Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Road & Highway Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$51,779 - $99,376
$52K
$68K
$99K
MEDIAN: $67,633
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$18.89 - $46.59
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MEDIAN: $31.29
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Salary $51,779 - $99,376
Bonus $302.01 - $7,945
Profit Sharing $148.22 - $9,123
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$48,908 - $100,715
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 199
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $18.89 - $46.59
Overtime $26.76 - $48.47
Annual Data $0$100K
Bonus $302.01 - $7,945
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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$48,908 - $100,715
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 60

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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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Advancing into a Senior Civil Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Road & Highway Civil Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $89K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Pay for Road & Highway Civil Engineers is best at Parsons Corporation, which offers a median salary of $75K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $70K to $85K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Road & Highway Civil Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Construction Estimating, and Autocad Civil 3D. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Project Management. Skill sets containing Microstation also tend to include InRoads and Microsoft Excel.

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: $68,484

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

Orlando offers some of the highest pay in the country for Road & Highway Civil Engineers, 18 percent above the national average. Road & Highway Civil Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+16 percent), Tampa (+14 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and New York (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (10 percent lower) and Columbus (5 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

▲37%

▲29%

▲8%

National Average
$68,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 4%
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