Highway Maintenance Worker Salary

Highway Maintenance Workers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.37 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.30 per hour on the low end to $26.53 on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and slightly more than half earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Highway Maintenance Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,733 - $50,641
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,066
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90%

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$11.30 - $26.53
(Median)
$11
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$20,733 - $50,641  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$24,737 - $56,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.30 - $26.53  
   
Overtime
$17.58 - $36.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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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$24,737 - $56,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $35K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. Highway Maintenance Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Highway Maintenance Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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