Transportation Engineer Salary

Transportation Engineers in the United States take home an average $64K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Transportation Engineers can bottom out at $50K or peak near $88K. While career duration and geography impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most Transportation Engineers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,251 - $88,045
(Median)
$50K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $63,566
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$22.87 - $39.48
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$23
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$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,251 - $88,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,059  
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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$50,299 - $87,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 734
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.87 - $39.48  
   
Overtime
$23.11 - $46.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,059  
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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$50,299 - $87,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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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Advancing into a Senior Transportation Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Transportation Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $95K per year. Transportation Engineers most often move into positions as Road & Highway Civil Engineers or Engineering Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $24K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Transportation Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Aecom Corporation, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Txdot. Caltrans does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $96K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $60K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $106K. Other leaders in compensation levels are State Highway Administration at $74K, Stantec at $71K, and Aecom Corporation, where Transportation Engineers annually earn $70K.

With a median salary of only $57K (69 percent lower than the top payer), URS Corporation Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department. Other low-paying employers include Fehr and Peers at $58K and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. at $58K, though some Transportation Engineers there earn up to $112K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Survey results imply that Transportation Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Geopak, Project Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 14 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems, GeoPack, and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Transportation Engineers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $72K. For Transportation Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,994

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For Transportation Engineers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Transportation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Baltimore (+10 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Boston (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Engineer Salaries

Geopak
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Word
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Microstation
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Bentley
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National Average
$64,000

Microsoft Office
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InRoads
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
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GeoPack
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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