Transportation Planner Salary

The average Transportation Planner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction for Transportation Planners is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,069 - $77,521
$40K
$55K
$78K
MEDIAN: $54,643
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$14.54 - $30.57
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MEDIAN: $19.42
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$0$77K
Salary $40,069 - $77,521
Bonus $0.00 - $6,703
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$37,350 - $77,227
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 448
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $14.54 - $30.57
Overtime $19.39 - $43.21
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,703
Profit Sharing $1,900
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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$37,350 - $77,227
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 110

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Transportation Planner


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Transportation Planners' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Transportation Planner. The average Senior Transportation Planner brings home $73K per year. Transportation Planners most frequently become Urban Planners and Logistics Coordinators even though median compensation is $1K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

Transportation Planner Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fehr and Peers, International Paper Co, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Georgia-Pacific Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Transportation Planners. Transportation Planners flock to Parsons Brinkerhoff for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $70K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Technical Writing, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Planner

Pay by Experience for a Transportation Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Transportation Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 364 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Transportation Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Transportation Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 106 salaries. A Transportation Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,804

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Transportation Planners, Raleigh provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Atlanta and Green Bay earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 14 percent.

Transportation Planner Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Transportation Planner?

Transportation Planner in Milwaukee:
"Fast paced."
Pros: No micro management, ideas are welcomed, laid back office environment.
Cons: Low compensation, unorganized, 50+ hours per week, stress, overall poor attitude of people in industry.

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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Key Stats for Transportation Planner

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Transportation Planner Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

▲7%

National Average
$53,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries

Project Management
▲25%






Adobe Illustrator
▲1%

National Average
$53,000


AutoCAD
▼1%



Adobe Photoshop
▼6%



Oral / Verbal Communication
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 10%
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