Transportation Planner Salary

Transportation Planners in the United States pull down an average of $55K annually. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Transportation Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,733 - $77,399
$41K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,719
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50%
90%

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$14.58 - $31.20
$15
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.47
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$0$77K
Salary $40,733 - $77,399
Bonus $0.00 - $6,204
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$37,751 - $77,054
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 443
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $14.58 - $31.20
Overtime $19.73 - $42.65
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $0.00 - $6,204
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$37,751 - $77,054
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122

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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

  • Coordinate technical schedule, permitting and activities for internal and external staff/consultants.
  • Represent organization to public, regulatory groups, and other groups.
  • Analyze sites, environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and proposed projects.
  • Write technical reports, proposals, environmental assessments and inspection documents.

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. Many Transportation Planners choose to become Urban Planners and Logistics Coordinators as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $2K less and $13K less, respectively.

Transportation Planner Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners fill the offices of leading firms Parsons Brinkerhoff, Fehr and Peers, International Paper Co, Aecom Technology Group, Inc., and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Transportation Planners flock to Parsons Brinkerhoff for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $70K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Transportation Planner


Transportation Planners report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Technical Writing, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Planner

Pay by Experience for a Transportation Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Transportation Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 364 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Transportation Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Transportation Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 106 salaries. A Transportation Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,751

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

Transportation Planners will find that Raleigh offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Transportation Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Portland (+16 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+15 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Atlanta and Green Bay (14 percent lower).

Transportation Planner Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Transportation Planner?

Transportation Planner in Milwaukee:
"Fast paced."
Pros: No micro management, ideas are welcomed, laid back office environment.
Cons: Low compensation, unorganized, 50+ hours per week, stress, overall poor attitude of people in industry.

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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Key Stats for Transportation Planner

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Transportation Planner Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

▲7%

National Average
$53,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Transportation Planner Salaries

Project Management
▲25%






Adobe Illustrator
▲2%

National Average
$53,000


AutoCAD
▼1%



Adobe Photoshop
▼6%



Oral / Verbal Communication
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 10%
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