Transportation Engineer Salary

Earnings for Transportation Engineers in the United States come in at around $63K per year on average. The range in cash compensation to Transportation Engineers ($50K to $87K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While tenure and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Transportation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Transportation Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,784 - $86,857
(Median)
$50K
$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $63,461
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$23.07 - $39.72
(Median)
$23
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,784 - $86,857  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,860  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,068  
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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$49,658 - $86,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 632
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$23.07 - $39.72  
   
Overtime
$23.29 - $46.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,860  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,068  
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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$49,658 - $86,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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 leads the field in pay with a median salary of $93K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $61K on the low end all the way up to $107K at the top.

The lowest salaries can be found at URS Corporation Inc. — median pay is $57K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $49K and only reaching $70K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microstation, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autocad Civil 3D, Synchro, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. 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 $69K. Transportation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $81K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $89K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Transportation Engineers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Transportation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Richmond (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Boston. Workers in Austin and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, 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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National Average
$64,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
33%
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%