Transportation Planner Salary

Median pay for Transportation Planners in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K annually. Total cash compensation for Transportation Planners runs from $35K to $77K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on answers to 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
10%
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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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For Transportation Planners, progressing to a Senior Transportation Planner role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Transportation Planner can earn $72K annually. A Transportation Planner may also move into a role as an Urban Planner or a Logistics Coordinator.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners fill the offices of leading firms Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fehr and Peers, International Paper Co, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. Aecom Technology Group, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $71K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. Transportation Planners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. 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

National Average: $50,084

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

For Transportation Planners, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. 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). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Green Bay is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Phoenix and Memphis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 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

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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