When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $102K annually) can be spotted in Norfolk, Va.; Richmond, Va. (around $64K), Fairfax, Va. (about $63K), and Staunton, Va. ($60K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Lynchburg, Va. — at $49K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country.
The highest average salaries go to Transportation Engineers, who bring in close to $73K per year, though Construction Managers are not far behind at about $73K along with Civil Engineers ($59K) and Payroll Supervisors ($48K). Construction Inspectors make an average around $47K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $59K annually on average. For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $63K per year. Overall, the greater share of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average $72K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Certified Professional Engineers have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $79K per year. Becoming a Project Management Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make around $76K on average. At Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), employees who hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) receive the highest salaries at $86K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Process Improvement; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $105K annually. Folks here also tend to know Project Management; on the survey, more than a third of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Employees also tend to know Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
As for time away from work, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) does compensate a little over a half of workers for vacation days, but only about half of employees can take paid time off due to illness. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan, a defined benefit retirement plan, and a 403(b) plan. Health insurance is part of the package for most workers, and for a large number of workers, dental coverage is too. The company also dishes out perks such as defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, life insurance, and a defined benefit retirement plan.