Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States take home approximately $64K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Road & Highway Civil Engineers varies from around $48K to approximately $91K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,368 - $89,656
(Median)
$48K
$64K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,611
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90%

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$21.11 - $41.35
(Median)
$21
$30
$41
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,368 - $89,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$150.67 - $9,819  
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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$47,992 - $91,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.11 - $41.35  
   
Overtime
$24.67 - $44.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.67 - $9,819  
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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$47,992 - $91,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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 often transition into Senior Civil Engineer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Civil Engineers earn $88K 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.

Road & Highway Civil Engineers will find the worst pay at Aecom Corporation, where the median salary crawls in at $57K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $66K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Survey takers working as Road & Highway Civil Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, InRoads, GeoPack, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Microstation tend to be well versed in InRoads and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $68K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $58K. Road & Highway Civil Engineers bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $93K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries


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GeoPack
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Engineering Design
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Construction Estimating
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Design
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Microsoft Office
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Autocad Civil 3D
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National Average
$65,000

Microstation
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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