Transportation Planner Salary

Transportation Planners in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K annually. Total cash earnings of Transportation Planners range from $35K 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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Transportation Planners are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,592 - $77,286
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,843
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$13.31 - $32.38
(Median)
$13
$19
$32
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,592 - $77,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,025  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,967  
Commission
$1,250  
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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$35,365 - $77,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 766
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.31 - $32.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,025  
   
Commission
$1,250  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,967  
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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$35,365 - $77,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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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At the upper end, Transportation Planners who move into a Senior Transportation Planner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Transportation Planners is a much higher $72K per year. Becoming an Urban Planner or a Logistics Coordinator is a common transition from a Transportation Planner role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Transportation Planners include Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fehr and Peers, International Paper Co, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. Aecom Technology Group, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $71K on average.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, ArcGIS, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Logistics, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. Transportation Planners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,084

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For Transportation Planners, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Transportation Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+40 percent), Portland (+31 percent), Denver (+31 percent), and New York (+26 percent). Green Bay is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Workers in Phoenix and Memphis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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
$50,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 46%

ArcGIS
up arrow 18%



Data Analysis
up arrow 10%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 5%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Logistics
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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