Transportation Engineer Salary (United States)

Salaries for Transportation Engineers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $62,493 annually. Pay begins at $48,757 on the low end and climbs to $84,878 per year near the top. Overall cash income ranges from $48,843 near the bottom to $84,786) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $4,829 from bonuses and $5,077 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; the vast majority people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Most Transportation Engineers are men (75 percent). The majority of Transportation Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Transportation Engineer Salary (?
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$48,843 - $84,786
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MEDIAN: $61,904
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Transportation Engineer Salary (?
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$23.08 - $39.40
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$48,843 - $84,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,829  
Profit Sharing
$958 - $5,077  
Total Pay (?
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$48,757 - $84,878  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$23.08 - $39.40  
   
Overtime
$23.47 - $45.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$958 - $5,077  
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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$48,757 - $84,878  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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

Txdot attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $58,396—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $53K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $100K.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at URS Corporation Inc. ($58,070) and Txdot ($58,396).

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer

Transportation Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Project Management and Microstation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad Civil 3D and Synchro. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in 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 is important when determining pay for Transportation Engineers. Beginning workers can expect to earn $56K starting out, which grows to $68K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $80K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Transportation Engineers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $86K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$62,000
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With a pay rate for Transportation Engineers that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Oakland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, Richmond, Atlanta, and Houston, where Transportation Engineers annually earn 26 percent, 15 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent more than the national average. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Austin and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-8 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Transportation Engineer Salaries

Microstation
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Engineering Design
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$62,000
InRoads
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Microsoft Office
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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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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

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: 65% employee benefits None: 4%
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