Average Transportation Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Transportation Engineer is $65,543.
MEDIAN $65,543
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$53k - $90k
$248 - $5k
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$484 - $4k
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$52k - $91k

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Job Description for Transportation Engineer

Transportation Engineer Tasks
  • Analyze, plan, design, draw, check calculations and oversee highway, rail, and related transportation civil construction projects.
The top respondents for the job title Transportation Engineer are from the companies Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc. and Aecom Technology Group, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Caltrans where the average pay is $81,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Stantec and HDR, Inc., earning around $71,423 and $66,630, respectively. Aecom Technology Group, Inc. pays the lowest at around $61,200. Aecom Corporation and Arcadis, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $64,607 and $65,000, respectively.

Career Paths

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Transportation Engineer
Civil Engineer
Senior Transportation Engineer
Traffic Engineer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Transportation Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design, Bentley MicroStation and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Engineer

An entry-level Transportation Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $57,170 based on 154 salaries. An early career Transportation Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,914 based on 580 salaries. A mid-career Transportation Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,702 based on 301 salaries. An experienced Transportation Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $83,965 based on 177 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $95,727.
Employees with Transportation Engineer in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 9.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (5.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Raleigh, North Carolina (6.2% less), Atlanta, Georgia (5.5% less) and Chicago, Illinois (4.6% less).

Years of Experience

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