Transportation Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $63K annually. Pay ranges from $51K on the low end to $86K per year on the high end. Overall cash earnings for Transportation Engineers stretch from $51K on the lower end to $86K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $4K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. For the most part, Transportation Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,804 - $86,554
$51K
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$87K
MEDIAN: $63,398
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$19.87 - $38.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,804 - $86,554  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $4,978  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $3,993  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$50,644 - $86,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 550
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $38.84  
   
Overtime
$23.42 - $45.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$248.32 - $4,978  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $3,993  
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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$50,644 - $86,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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Job Description for Transportation Engineer

Transportation engineers oversee a variety of engineering assignments related to transportation systems. Their main objective is to ensure that all transportation projects are completed on time and stay within budget. Most of the time, transportation engineers work in the technology, traffic, construction, airport, and railway industries, but they occasionally work in other industries as well. Transportation engineers are responsible for all aspects of transportation project scheduling, planning, and pricing. They also monitor design and planning phases for highways, bridges, traffic controls, and lighting. They gather and analyze engineering data to develop recommendations and reports. Additionally, transportation engineers work with project managers to ensure that all projects are well planned and cost effective.

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Transportation Engineer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Transportation Engineer


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While not commonly seen, Transportation Engineers who transition into a Senior Transportation Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Transportation Engineers is $94K per year. Given that the median pay is $60K, it may be surprising to find that a Civil Engineer is the most common role for Transportation Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Road & Highway Civil Engineer role — which pays $66K — is also typical for Transportation Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Txdot are all popular places to work. For Transportation Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Caltrans; in fact, average earnings are around $96K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($60K versus $106K) is great. State Highway Administration, HDR, Inc., and Aecom Corporation also offer top salaries for Transportation Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $74K, $70K, and $68K, respectively.

With a median salary of $57K, URS Corporation Inc. provides Transportation Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $70K, limiting employee salary growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Aecom Technology Group, Inc. at $60K, and Txdot where $60K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Transportation Engineers there earn up to $94K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Transportation Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Bentley InRoad Software Suite, and Bentley are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad, Autocad Civil 3D, and Geographic Information Systems. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Microstation tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $58K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Transportation Engineers make a median salary of $82K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $86K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,542

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With a pay rate for Transportation Engineers that is 40 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Transportation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Houston and Raleigh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Transportation Engineer

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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