Transportation Planner Salary

Transportation Planners in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Transportation Planners runs from $34K to $77K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,463 - $77,411
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,560
10%
50%
90%

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$12.58 - $31.05
(Median)
$13
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$37,463 - $77,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$34,170 - $76,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.58 - $31.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.36  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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).
)
$34,170 - $76,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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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While Transportation Planners do not often become Logistics Managers, the job pays $61K per year on average. However, becoming a Urban Planner or Urban and Regional Planner is a more frequent transition for Transportation Planners.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners flock to Parsons Brinkerhoff for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $75K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Data Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Logistics, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Transportation Planners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Transportation Planners, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 57 percent greater than the national average. Transportation Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+49 percent), Los Angeles (+40 percent), Portland (+30 percent), and Denver (+28 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Houston (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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


Data Analysis
up arrow 16%


Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 6%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Logistics
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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