Highway Maintenance Worker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Highway Maintenance Workers earn an average of $16.37 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.30 per hour, and the top verges on $26.53. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while over one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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
10%
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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.


For Highway Maintenance Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $32K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $35K. Highway Maintenance Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $42K.

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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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