Pay for Transportation Planners in the United States sits in the ballpark of $53K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Transportation Planners like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men working as Transportation Planners who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,546 - $75,773
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$39K
$53K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,078
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$13.10 - $29.99
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$13
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,546 - $75,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,926  
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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$36,086 - $75,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 484
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $29.99  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $44.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,926  
   
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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$36,086 - $75,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Transportation Planner. The latter position pays an average of $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


Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fehr and Peers, International Paper Co, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Transportation Planners. Parsons Brinkerhoff offers the largest salaries in town — $70K on average.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Technical Writing, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Logistics, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Transportation Planners bring in $57K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,311

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

With a pay rate for Transportation Planners that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Raleigh offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+27 percent), Portland (+25 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Green Bay and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 11 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
$51,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 28%


autodesk autocad
up arrow 9%



Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%

Adobe Illustrator
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$51,000

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
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Logistics
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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