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Transportation Planner Salary

The average Transportation Planner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K per year. In the world of Transportation Planners, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $34K and $77K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Most Transportation Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,034 - $77,449
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,259
10%
50%
90%

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$12.56 - $32.22
(Median)
$13
$18
$32
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
$37,034 - $77,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,969  
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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$33,932 - $76,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 676
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $32.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.83  
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 - $4,969  
   
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).
)
$33,932 - $76,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143

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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 who advance into the role of a Logistics Manager are fairly uncommon. Logistics Managers on average earn $61K per year. Transportation Planners moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Urban Planners or Urban and Regional Planners. The median paychecks in those roles are $1K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

Transportation Planner Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


The biggest paychecks can be found at Parsons Brinkerhoff — the median salary there is $75K.

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 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, 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.


For Transportation Planners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Transportation Planners make a median salary of $57K. Transportation Planners who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 57 percent, Transportation Planners in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+52 percent), Los Angeles (+39 percent), Portland (+30 percent), and Denver (+21 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Nashville (9 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 12%


Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 7%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
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: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
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