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Transportation Engineer Salary

An average Transportation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $63K annually. Total cash compensation to Transportation Engineers approaches anywhere from $49K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Transportation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$49,636 - $86,419
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73K
86K
MEDIAN: $62,533
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$23.13 - $39.54
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,636 - $86,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $5,087  
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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$49,479 - $86,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$23.13 - $39.54  
   
Overtime
$23.54 - $49.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
   
Profit Sharing
$750 - $5,087  
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).
)
$49,479 - $86,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer


Although Caltrans offers the highest salaries (median pay is $91K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $62K to $106K.

URS Corporation Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $57K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $70K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Survey takers working as Transportation Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microstation, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include InRoads, Autocad Civil 3D, and Synchro. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel, Microstation, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $81K. Transportation Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Transportation Engineers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Transportation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richmond (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), Atlanta (+5 percent), and Fairfax (+4 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Austin and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Engineer Salaries


Microstation
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$63,000

Microsoft Office
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Bentley
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AutoCAD
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Excel
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Synchro
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Autocad Civil 3D
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InRoads
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 4%