Traffic Engineer Salary

Median pay for Traffic Engineers in the United States is around $62K per year. Total cash compensation to Traffic Engineers approaches anywhere from $48K on the lower end to $91K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Traffic Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Traffic Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,292 - $90,293
(Median)
$48K
$62K
$90K
MEDIAN: $61,687
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$22.88 - $41.53
(Median)
$23
$30
$42
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,292 - $90,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,040  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $7,096  
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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$48,448 - $91,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.88 - $41.53  
   
Overtime
$22.24 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $7,096  
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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$48,448 - $91,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Job Description for Traffic Engineer

  • Analyze, plan, design, draw, check calculations and oversee highway, rail, and related transportation civil construction projects.

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Traffic Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Civil Engineer. Median pay for Civil Engineers is $60K.

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Typical Traffic Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing. Aptitude in Engineering Design tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Traffic Engineer

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. On average, Traffic Engineers make $82K following one to two decades on the job. Traffic Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $84K.

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Experience Affects Traffic Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Traffic Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

National Average
$63,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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