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Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $63K annually on average. 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 $48K to approximately $91K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the specific employer and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Road & Highway Civil Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Road & Highway Civil Engineers (88 percent) who took the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,131 - $90,247
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $62,642
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$20.28 - $39.55
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$20
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,131 - $90,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,226  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $11,000  
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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$47,933 - $90,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.28 - $39.55  
   
Overtime
$24.02 - $46.02  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,226  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $11,000  
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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$47,933 - $90,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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


Salary cannot be beat at Parsons Corporation, where median pay comes to $75K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $70K, and the higher end is not far away at $85K.

Pay for Road & Highway Civil Engineers is the lowest at Aecom Corporation, which has a median salary of $57K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $66K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Survey results imply that Road & Highway Civil Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, InRoads, Construction Estimating, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Project Management and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Microstation are similarly competent 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $57K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $66K. Road & Highway Civil Engineers see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $91K on average.

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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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Engineering Design
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GeoPack
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Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Microsoft Office
0%

Autocad Civil 3D
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National Average
$64,000

Microstation
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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 172 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 7%
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