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Transportation Planner Salary

An average Transportation Planner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. 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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,339 - $77,361
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,363
10%
50%
90%

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$12.67 - $32.27
(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
$37,339 - $77,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,962  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
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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$34,331 - $76,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 680
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
$12.67 - $32.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.75  
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 - $4,962  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,933  
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).
)
$34,331 - $76,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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 it's uncommon, some Transportation Planners move into roles as Logistics Managers, where pay is an average $61K per year. A more common career path for Transportation Planners is stepping into the role of Urban Planner or Urban and Regional Planner.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


For Transportation Planners, comfortable salaries can be found at Parsons Brinkerhoff; in fact, median earnings sit around $75K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners seem to exploit a large range 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 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are 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.


For Transportation Planners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. Transportation Planners see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location


For Transportation Planners, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Transportation Planners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+51 percent), Los Angeles (+39 percent), Portland (+30 percent), and Denver (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Nashville and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 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
$50,000


Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries


Data Analysis
up arrow 11%


Adobe InDesign
up arrow 7%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 6%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 8%
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