When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $102K per year) can be spotted in Norfolk, Va.; Fairfax, Va. ($66K), Suffolk, Va. (approximately $64K), and Roanoke, Va. ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. Approaching the lower end of the pay scale (at $63K) is Richmond, Va.
Construction Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at about $73K annually — though Transportation Engineers, Civil Engineers, and Maintenance Supervisors also do fairly well at $68K, around $59K, and $38K, respectively.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $59K per year. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $64K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees (43 percent) have 20 years or more of experience and earn about $70K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Senior Human Resources Professionals, who make $93K annually. On average, salaries rise to $90K per year for accredited Certified Professional Engineers. The best paid folks at Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE), earning approximately $65K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Construction Estimating; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $78K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is Project Management, with over a third considering it a key competency. Some other standard skills here are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design.
Benefits and Perks
Only 43 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance is part of the package for most workers, and for a strong majority of workers, dental coverage is too. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, a defined benefit retirement plan, life insurance, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.