Transportation Engineer Salary (United States)

Pay for Transportation Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62,493 per year. The range in pay spans from $48,757 to $84,878 per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Male Transportation Engineers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for Transportation Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to 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 (?
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  
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  
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

Employees of Txdot can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $58,396; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $53K to $100K.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include URS Corporation Inc. at $58,070, and Txdot where $58,396 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer

Survey results imply that Transportation Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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.
Transportation Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $56K to $68K. Salary comes to $80K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Transportation Engineers earning an average of $86K per year. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Transportation Engineers, Oakland offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Los Angeles, Richmond, Atlanta, and Houston also offer top salaries for Transportation Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 26 percent, 15 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent more, respectively. In Boston, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (-8 percent) and Chicago (-8 percent).

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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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Microsoft Excel
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Synchro
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Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

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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%