Highway Maintenance Worker Salary

Men make up the majority of Highway Maintenance Workers in the United States, bringing in about $16.16 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.08 per hour to $25.50. Job satisfaction for Highway Maintenance Workers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$25,644 - $55,238
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$55K
MEDIAN: $35,415
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50%
90%

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$11.08 - $25.50
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,644 - $55,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,003  
Total Pay (?
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$24,597 - $57,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.08 - $25.50  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $36.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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 - $57,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $31K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $34K. Highway Maintenance Workers see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $46K, 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 33%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

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
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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