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Transportation Engineer Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Transportation Engineers in the United States typically comes in around $62K annually. Total cash compensation to Transportation Engineers varies from $49K to $85K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Transportation Engineers. Most Transportation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Transportation Engineer Salary (?
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$48,843 - $84,786
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85K
MEDIAN: $61,904
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Transportation Engineer Salary (?
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$23.08 - $39.40
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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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.

Transportation Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer

For Transportation Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Txdot; in fact, typical earnings are around $58K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($52K versus $93K) is great.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at URS Corporation Inc.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer

Transportation Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microstation, Engineering Design, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad Civil 3D and Synchro. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.
For many Transportation Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $68K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $86K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$62,000
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For those looking to make money, Transportation Engineers in Oakland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Los Angeles, Richmond, Atlanta, and Houston, top-paying markets where Transportation Engineers rake in more than the national norm (+26 percent, +15 percent, +4 percent, and +3 percent). Boston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Chicago (8 percent lower).

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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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Bentley
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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%