Earning about $104K annually on average, Project Engineers receive the most money, followed by Construction Managers (approximately $73K), Transportation Engineers ($63K), and Civil Engineers ($59K). Administrative Support Specialists make an average around $37K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($87K per year) can be spotted in Norfolk, Va.; Fairfax, Va. (approximately $70K), Culpeper, Va. (about $67K), and Richmond, Va. (around $65K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Fredericksburg, Va. — at $46K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $58K annually on average. For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $69K per year. Overall, the greater share of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average approximately $69K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make about $91K per year. Earning a Certified Professional Engineer certification garners significant financial rewards of around $90K annually on average. It pays to have a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) at Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) — these employees make the most at $93K per year.
When it comes to skills, Process Improvement seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $105K annually. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; just under a third of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)'s people use it regularly. Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (38 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Most employees report having health insurance, and a solid majority of survey participants report having dental coverage. Advantages of working here also include life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and a defined benefit retirement plan.