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Transportation Planner Salary

An average Transportation Planner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. Final cash compensation to Transportation Planners varies from around $34K to approximately $76K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of Transportation Planners (61 percent) survey respondents are male. For the most part, Transportation Planners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$36,681 - $76,565
(Median)
37K
50K
61K
77K
MEDIAN: $49,687
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$12.79 - $31.12
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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75%
90%

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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,681 - $76,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,915  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $9,863  
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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$33,797 - $75,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 662
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $31.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.56  
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 - $4,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $9,863  
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).
)
$33,797 - $75,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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 transition into an upper level Logistics Manager role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $61K per year. Given that the typical pay is $39K, it may be surprising to find that a Logistics Coordinator is the most common role for Transportation Planners to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Transportation Manager role — which pays $59K — is also typical for Transportation Planners, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Parsons Brinkerhoff offers the most; Transportation Planners earn $75K on average there.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Technical Writing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Adobe Illustrator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. On average, Transportation Planners make $59K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Transportation Planners with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Transportation Planners, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 63 percent above the national average. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+51 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Denver (+22 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (11 percent less) and Philadelphia (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Transportation Planner Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries



Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 8%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


AutoCAD
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%