Transportation Planners in the United States pull down an average of $54K annually. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of Transportation Planners (61 percent) survey respondents are male. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,841 - $76,561
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$54K
$77K
MEDIAN: $53,868
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$13.44 - $30.26
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MEDIAN: $19.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,841 - $76,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,019  
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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$36,169 - $76,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.44 - $30.26  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $44.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,019  
   
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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$36,169 - $76,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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 Senior Transportation Planner are fairly uncommon. Senior Transportation Planners on average earn $73K per year. A more common career path for Transportation Planners is stepping into the role of Urban Planner or 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, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Parsons Brinkerhoff leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $70K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Technical Writing, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication, 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.


For Transportation Planners, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Transportation Planners who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,743

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Raleigh offers some of the highest pay in the country for Transportation Planners, 41 percent above the national average. Transportation Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+27 percent), Portland (+21 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Green Bay and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

Transportation Planner Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Transportation Planner

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
049
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Transportation Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%


autodesk autocad
up arrow 9%


Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%


Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
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National Average
$52,000





Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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