Highway Maintenance Worker Salary

Men make up the majority of Highway Maintenance Workers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.06 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.07 per hour and $24.92. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,808 - $54,907

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$11.07 - $24.92

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,808 - $54,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
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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$24,597 - $56,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $24.92  
   
Overtime
$17.72 - $35.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
   
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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$24,597 - $56,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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.


For Highway Maintenance Workers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Highway Maintenance Workers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $31K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $34K. Highway Maintenance Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Highway Maintenance Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $46K.

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Experience Affects Highway Maintenance Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%
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