Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States take home an average $63K annually. In the world of Road & Highway Civil Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $11K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $48K and $90K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Road & Highway Civil Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 89 percent. Job satisfaction for Road & Highway Civil Engineers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,374 - $89,491

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$20.61 - $38.96

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,374 - $89,491  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $11,150  
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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$48,085 - $89,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 461
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.61 - $38.96  
   
Overtime
$24.38 - $45.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $11,150  
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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$48,085 - $89,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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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 Employer Salaries for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Although the highest salaries can be found at Parsons Corporation where median pay is $75K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $70K and $85K.

Aecom Corporation doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $57K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $66K and scope of pay is rather limited.

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, InRoads, GeoPack, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know 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.


Road & Highway Civil Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $57K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $67K on average. Road & Highway Civil Engineers see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries


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GeoPack
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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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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microstation
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National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 6%
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