Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary

Road & Highway Civil Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $64K per year. Overall cash earnings for Road & Highway Civil Engineers stretch from $48K on the lower end to $91K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,368 - $89,656
(Median)
$48K
$64K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,611
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$21.11 - $41.35
(Median)
$21
$30
$41
MEDIAN: $30
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Civil Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $88K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


With a median salary of $75K, Parsons Corporation offers Road & Highway Civil Engineers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $70K and are capped at $85K.

Aecom Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $57K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $54K to $66K.

Popular Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway


Road & Highway Civil Engineers seem to exploit 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 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. People who know Microstation usually also know InRoads and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.


For many Road & Highway Civil Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $58K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $68K. Road & Highway Civil Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $87K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $93K.

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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
0%

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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