Transportation Planner Salary

For Transportation Planners, yearly average wages total $50K annually. Total cash earnings of Transportation Planners range from $34K on the low end to $77K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Transportation Planners (60 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,713 - $77,969
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,856
10%
50%
90%

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$12.66 - $30.38
(Median)
$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,713 - $77,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
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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$33,833 - $77,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 662
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.66 - $30.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
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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$33,833 - $77,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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Job Description for Transportation Planner

Transportation planners design, maintain, and improve community infrastructure such as bridges, highway roads, and interstate expressways so that drivers can safely and easily travel from one place to another. These professionals may work with or for city, local, and state governments. This position may also include creating and implementing strategies to improve or further develop public transportation options.

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Transportation Planner Tasks

  • Analyze sites, environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and proposed projects.
  • Write technical reports, proposals, environmental assessments and inspection documents.
  • Coordinate technical schedule, permitting and activities for internal and external staff/consultants.
  • Represent organization to public, regulatory groups, and other groups.

Common Career Paths for Transportation Planner


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Transportation Planners do not often transition into Logistics Manager roles. The role averages $61K per year. Transportation Planners most often move into positions as Urban Planners or Urban and Regional Planners; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


For Transportation Planners, comfortable salaries can be found at Parsons Brinkerhoff; in fact, median earnings sit around $75K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Survey results imply that Transportation Planners deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Technical Writing, Data Analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Microsoft Word and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Planner

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. On average, Transportation Planners make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 62 percent, Transportation Planners in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Transportation Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+55 percent), Los Angeles (+37 percent), Denver (+22 percent), and San Diego (+19 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (9 percent lower) and Houston (8 percent lower).

Transportation Planner Reviews

What is it like working as a Transportation Planner?

Transportation Planner in New York:
"Working as a travel planner is very interesting."
Pros: What I like most about my job is that I can simply help someone with booking a reservation for them to get to one destination to another and they're so appreciative and grateful about it, and for me to be able to make a person happy then that makes me happy.
Cons: The pay rate seems to be the issue. It's not a Income you can really survive on.

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Experience Affects Transportation Planner Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries


Data Analysis
up arrow 13%


Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 8%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 8%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


AutoCAD
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%