When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($100K annually) can be spotted in Norfolk; Staunton (around $77K), Richmond (about $64K), and Fairfax ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. Bristol ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $45K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities.
Transportation Engineers earn the highest median pay at $73K, followed by Construction Managers ($73K), Civil Engineers ($57K), and Payroll Supervisors ($48K). On the lower end are Construction Inspectors at around $47K.
Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years tend to make approximately $62K. Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically about $55K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees (30 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and typically earn $77K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Professional Engineer certainly has its perks — salaries approach $81K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming a Project Management Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $79K. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) compensates Master of Business Administration (MBA)-holders the most at around $86K annually.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Strategic Planning; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of about $89K. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Project Management; around one in four deem it necessary for work. Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
The company compensates for vacation days and sick leave, and more than half of workers receive these benefits. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a strong majority of workers, and for a fair portion of workers, dental coverage is too. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a defined benefit retirement plan, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.