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Transportation Engineer Salary

An average Transportation Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Transportation Engineers generally range from $50K to $87K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by career length and geography. Male Transportation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Transportation Engineers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,783 - $87,042
(Median)
$50K
$64K
$87K
MEDIAN: $63,599
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$23.09 - $39.62
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,783 - $87,042  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,051  
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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$49,673 - $86,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$23.09 - $39.62  
   
Overtime
$23.36 - $46.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,051  
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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$49,673 - $86,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141

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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 who go on to become Engineering Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Engineering Project Managers is $88K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer


Employees of Caltrans can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $93K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $61K to $107K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $49K to just $70K — but URS Corporation Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $57K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Transportation Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 Autocad Civil 3D, Synchro, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office, Microstation, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Engineer

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


Transportation Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Transportation Engineers bring in $81K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Transportation Engineers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Transportation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), New York (+10 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Boston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Milwaukee and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


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
$64,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 4%
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