Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $67K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Road & Highway Civil Engineers stretch from $51K on the lower end to $99K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Men account for the majority of Road & Highway Civil Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Most Road & Highway Civil Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$52,966 - $96,265
$53K
$67K
$96K
MEDIAN: $66,777
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$21.35 - $45.84
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MEDIAN: $32.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$52,966 - $96,265  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $6,234  
Profit Sharing
$148.22 - $9,123  
Total Pay (?
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$50,564 - $98,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.35 - $45.84  
   
Overtime
$26.36 - $47.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.92 - $6,234  
   
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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$50,564 - $98,853  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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


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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Construction Estimating, and Autocad Civil 3D. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Project Management. Those proficient in Microstation are, more often than not, also skilled in InRoads and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Road & Highway Civil Engineers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $88K in this role. Road & Highway Civil Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,364

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Orlando offers some of the highest pay in the country for Road & Highway Civil Engineers, 19 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 (+5 percent). In Miami, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Pittsburgh and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

▲37%

▲29%

▲9%

National Average
$68,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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