Earnings for Traffic Engineers in the United States come in at around $65K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Traffic Engineers range from $51K on the low end to $94K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $6K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Traffic Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,167 - $93,599
(Median)
$50K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $64,633
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50%
90%

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$24.03 - $40.27
(Median)
$24
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $30
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,167 - $93,599  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $7,442  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $6,456  
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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$50,832 - $93,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$24.03 - $40.27  
   
Overtime
$24.42 - $52.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$195.74 - $7,442  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $6,456  
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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$50,832 - $93,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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.

Common Career Paths for Traffic Engineer


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Traffic Engineers who go on to become Civil Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Civil Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $60K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Traffic Engineer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $58K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $76K. Traffic Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $84K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $91K.

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Experience Affects Traffic Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Traffic Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$65,000

Synchro
up arrow 7%

Technical Writing
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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