Transportation Engineer Salary

Transportation Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $64K per year. Cash earnings of Transportation Engineers can occasionally include $5K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $50K to almost $88K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geographic location are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Transportation Engineers. Male Transportation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,931 - $87,884
(Median)
$50K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $63,834
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$22.91 - $39.87
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$23
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,931 - $87,884  
   
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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$49,793 - $87,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 664
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.91 - $39.87  
   
Overtime
$23.32 - $46.05  
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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$49,793 - $87,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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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


URS Corporation Inc., Txdot, Caltrans, Fehr and Peers, and State Highway Administration are among the top companies that take on many Transportation Engineers. Although Caltrans heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $93K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $61K to $107K.

URS Corporation Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $57K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $70K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Transportation Engineers seem to exploit a large range 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include GeoPack, Windows Operating System General Use, and Autocad Civil 3D. 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.


For many Transportation Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $57K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. On average, Transportation Engineers make $82K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Transportation Engineers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Transportation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Santa Ana (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Boston, 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee (11 percent lower) and Orlando (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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Microstation
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Microsoft Word
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$64,000

Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 4%
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