How Much Do Transportation Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Transportation Engineers

Transportation Engineers develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.

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  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$95440 per year
Hourly wage
$46 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$56,160 to $69,100 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$27 to $33 per hour

Entry-level Transportation Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $56,160 to $69,100 per year or $27 to $33 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Transportation Engineers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $70 $144,810
Senior (Top 25%) $55 $115,110
Middle (Mid 50%) $43 $88,570
Junior (Bottom 25%) $33 $69,100
No experience (Bottom 10%) $27 $56,160

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $54 $113,200
NY $51 $105,210
NJ $48 $100,690
AK $48 $100,160
OK $48 $98,940
CO $47 $98,520
MA $47 $98,140
VA $47 $97,920
CT $46 $96,640
DC $46 $96,350

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Transportation Engineer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Transportation Engineers are in the states of CA, NY, NJ, AK and OK.

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