Transportation Planner Salary

Earnings for Transportation Planners in the United States come in at around $50K per year on average. Cash earnings for Transportation Planners — including $5K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $77K depending on individual performance. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Male Transportation Planners who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,562 - $77,338
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,489
10%
50%
90%

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$12.56 - $32.22
(Median)
$13
$18
$32
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,562 - $77,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,967  
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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$34,390 - $76,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate 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.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $32.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.36  
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 - $5,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,967  
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).
)
$34,390 - $76,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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Though some Transportation Planners move into positions like Logistics Manager (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. Becoming an Urban Planner or an Urban and Regional Planner is, however, a more typical career progression for Transportation Planners.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Parsons Brinkerhoff offers the largest salaries in town — $75K on average.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Logistics, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent 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.


For Transportation Planners, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For Transportation Planners, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+49 percent), Los Angeles (+40 percent), Portland (+30 percent), and Denver (+25 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (10 percent less) and Houston (8 percent less).

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 InDesign
up arrow 7%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 6%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Logistics
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
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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