Transportation Engineer Salary

Median pay for Transportation Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $64K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K each, total incomes of Transportation Engineers generally range from $50K to $87K depending on individual performance. While experience level and location impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Transportation Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,926 - $87,534
(Median)
$50K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $63,753
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$22.89 - $39.92
(Median)
$23
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,926 - $87,534  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,051  
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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$49,775 - $87,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.89 - $39.92  
   
Overtime
$23.34 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,051  
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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$49,775 - $87,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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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Transportation Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Engineering Project Manager, where median compensation is $88K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Txdot, Caltrans, Fehr and Peers, and State Highway Administration are top-notch employers for Transportation Engineers in this area. Although Caltrans boasts the highest average salary in town at $93K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $61K or as much as $107K.

URS Corporation Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $57K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $70K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer


Survey results imply that Transportation Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microstation, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autocad Civil 3D, Windows Operating System General Use, and Synchro. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $57K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $70K. Transportation Engineers see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Transportation Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Transportation Engineers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Transportation Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Santa Ana (+8 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (9 percent lower) and Austin (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Transportation Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Engineer Salaries


Engineering Design
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Microstation
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National Average
$64,000

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 4%
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