Men represent the vast majority of Highway Maintenance Workers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.18 per hour nationwide. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Highway Maintenance Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,125 - $67,941
(Median)
$26K
$39K
$68K
MEDIAN: $38,995
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90%

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$12.92 - $25.04
(Median)
$13
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,125 - $67,941  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
Total Pay (?
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$27,239 - $60,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $25.04  
   
Overtime
$19.40 - $45.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
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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$27,239 - $60,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Highway Maintenance Worker

Highway maintenance workers are responsible for maintaining highways so they are safe for drivers to use. Different maintenance workers may have different tasks, and some may be expected to clear waste and debris while others may perform construction work, especially relating to freeways. Some common duties of the job include sealing cracks, removing snow, cleaning freeways, installing signs, and performing repairs, and they generally work under a supervisor who assigns duties on a daily basis.

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Highway Maintenance Worker Tasks

  • Assist with delivery and set up of materials to improve roads.
  • Clear roads of debris, litter, dead animals, snow, plant material and other hazards.
  • Monitor, maintain and repair roads, shoulders, guardrails, and medians.
  • Clear ditches, culverts and other areas associated with roads.

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Pay by Experience Level for Highway Maintenance Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Highway Maintenance Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. Highway Maintenance Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Highway Maintenance Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Highway Maintenance Worker Salaries

truck driver
up arrow 13%

National Average
$38,000

CDL
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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