Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary (United States)

Pay for Road Civil Engineers in the United States is typically around $63,627 per year. Compensation generally starts at $48,611 and does not exceed $91,273 per year. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $48,379 on the lower end to $91,522 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5,184 from bonuses and upwards of $10,926 from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. The vast majority of Road Civil Engineers (87 percent) are men. Most Road Civil Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary (?
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$48,379 - $91,522
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MEDIAN: $62,377
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Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salary (?
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$22.05 - $39.46
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,379 - $91,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,184  
Profit Sharing
$485.81 - $10,926  
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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$48,611 - $91,273  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.05 - $39.46  
   
Overtime
$23.19 - $47.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$485.81 - $10,926  
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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$48,611 - $91,273  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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 Skills for Civil Engineer, Road / Highway

Survey takers working as Road Civil Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Design, Project Management, InRoads, and Construction Estimating are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microstation. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microstation 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 Civil Engineers generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $57K climbs to $66K. Earnings total $79K after one to two decades. After two decades on the job, Road Civil Engineers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $89K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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Those employed in Columbus pick up paychecks a little bit higher than the national average; however, location is not the strongest determinant of pay for those in this profession. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Civil Engineer, Road / Highway Salaries

Design
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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GeoPack
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Engineering Design
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Autocad Civil 3D
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National Average
$64,000
Microsoft Office
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Microstation
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 6%
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