Transportation Planner Salary

Median pay for Transportation Planners in the United States is around $54K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. More than half of Transportation Planners (61 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,312 - $76,076
$39K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,913
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50%
90%

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$13.94 - $30.09
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$30
MEDIAN: $19.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,312 - $76,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,140  
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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$36,663 - $75,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $30.09  
   
Overtime
$20.39 - $45.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,140  
   
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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$36,663 - $75,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 108

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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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For Transportation Planners, progressing to a Senior Transportation Planner role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Transportation Planner can earn $73K 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Transportation Planners include Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fehr and Peers, International Paper Co, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Those at Parsons Brinkerhoff can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $70K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners seem to exploit a large range 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, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know 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: $51,852

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

For Transportation Planners, Raleigh provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Transportation Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+22 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+17 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Philadelphia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (13 percent lower) and Green Bay (12 percent lower).

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.
Less than 1 year
7%
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

▲20%

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$52,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries

Project Management
▲27%






Adobe Illustrator
▲3%


AutoCAD
▼0%

National Average
$52,000



Adobe Photoshop
▼4%



Oral / Verbal Communication
▼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
7%
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: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 9%