Transportation Planner Salary

Transportation Planners in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Transportation Planners bottoms out near $34K and approaches $77K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Transportation Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,554 - $77,415

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$12.75 - $30.70

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National Salary 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
Salary
$37,554 - $77,415  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10,000  
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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$34,286 - $76,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 685
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $30.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.36  
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 - $5,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $10,000  
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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$34,286 - $76,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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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It's not very common for Transportation Planners to move on to become Logistics Managers. Average pay for a Logistics Manager is $61K annually. It is more probable, however, that Transportation Planners become Urban Planners or Urban and Regional Planners.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners fill the offices of leading firms Fehr and Peers, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, International Paper Co, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. Parsons Brinkerhoff attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $75K.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Data Analysis, Geographic Information Systems, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 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 $53K. For Transportation Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $56K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Transportation Planners, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+43 percent), Portland (+31 percent), and Denver (+28 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 8 percent less than the median.

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


Data Analysis
up arrow 16%


Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 7%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Logistics
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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