Transportation Engineer Salary

For Transportation Engineers, yearly average wages total $64K annually. Incomes of Transportation Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $50K on the low end and $88K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Transportation Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Transportation Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,998 - $87,663

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$22.93 - $39.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,998 - $87,663  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $5,051  
Total Pay (?
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$49,889 - $87,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 666
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$22.93 - $39.81  
   
Overtime
$23.37 - $45.71  
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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$49,889 - $87,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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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At the upper end, Transportation Engineers who move into an Engineering Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Engineering Project Managers is a much higher $88K per year.

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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. The biggest paychecks can be found at Caltrans — the median salary there is $93K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $61K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $107K.

Transportation Engineers will find the worst pay at URS Corporation Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $57K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $70K, leaving little room for growth.

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 pay less than market rate include GeoPack, 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Transportation Engineers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $57K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $70K. Transportation Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Transportation Engineers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Transportation Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), Dallas (+19 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Santa Ana (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Boston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Milwaukee and 10 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 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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