Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $68K annually. Total incomes of Road & Highway Civil Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $95K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the particular employer. The majority of Road & Highway Civil Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$51,486 - $92,245
(Median)
$51K
$68K
$92K
MEDIAN: $67,708
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$20.81 - $45.36
(Median)
$21
$32
$45
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$51,486 - $92,245  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$145.02 - $5,589  
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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$50,320 - $95,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.81 - $45.36  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $48.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$145.02 - $5,589  
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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$50,320 - $95,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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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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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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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Bentley InRoad Software Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Construction Estimating, and autodesk autocad. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Project Management. The majority of those who know Microstation also know 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.


Road & Highway Civil Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $75K. Road & Highway Civil Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $89K. Road & Highway Civil Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $93K.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries



Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
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Engineering Design
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InRoads
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National Average
$69,000

Microsoft Office
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Bentley GEOPAK Civil Engineering Suite
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Microstation
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GeoPack
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Design
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autodesk autocad
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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