Transportation Engineer Salary

Earnings for Transportation Engineers in the United States come in at around $64K annually on average. Overall incomes of Transportation Engineers generally bottom out at around $50K and peak near $88K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and geography. The majority of Transportation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Transportation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,251 - $88,045
(Median)
$50K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $63,566
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$22.87 - $39.48
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$23
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$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,251 - $88,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,059  
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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$50,299 - $87,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 734
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.87 - $39.48  
   
Overtime
$23.11 - $46.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,059  
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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$50,299 - $87,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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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Transportation Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Transportation Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $95K per year. When Transportation Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Road & Highway Civil Engineers or Engineering Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $24K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Aecom Corporation, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Txdot are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Transportation Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Caltrans — the median salary there is $96K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $60K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $106K. Other big spenders include State Highway Administration, Stantec, and Aecom Corporation, top-paying firms where Transportation Engineers see paychecks nearing $74K, $71K, or $70K.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is URS Corporation Inc., where the median salary is just $57K — 69 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Fehr and Peers at $58K, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. where $58K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Transportation Engineers there earn up to $112K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Geopak, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 14 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems, GeoPack, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Engineer

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


Transportation Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $72K. Transportation Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $82K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $87K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,994

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Transportation Engineers, 25 percent higher than the national average. Transportation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+23 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Baltimore (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee and Boston (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Engineer Salaries

Geopak
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
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Microstation
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National Average
$64,000

Microsoft Office
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InRoads
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
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GeoPack
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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