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Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary (United States)

Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K annually. Cash earnings for Road & Highway Civil Engineers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $91K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Road & Highway Civil Engineers (87 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary (?
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$48,379 - $91,522
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MEDIAN: $62,377
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Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary (?
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$22.05 - $39.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,379 - $91,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,184  
Profit Sharing
$485.81 - $10,926  
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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$48,611 - $91,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.05 - $39.46  
   
Overtime
$23.19 - $47.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$485.81 - $10,926  
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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$48,611 - $91,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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.

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Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Road & Highway Civil Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, InRoads, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microstation. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Microstation 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Road & Highway Civil Engineers. The average inexperienced worker earns $57K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $66K. On average, Road & Highway Civil Engineers make $79K following one to two decades on the job. Road & Highway Civil Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $89K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$64,000
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Location does not play a huge part in determining pay, but Road & Highway Civil Engineers in Columbus do earn slightly more than the national average. Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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GeoPack
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Engineering Design
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Autocad Civil 3D
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National Average
$64,000
Microsoft Office
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Microstation
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 6%