Environmental Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing approximately $116K per year on average; Civil Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to around $64K, followed by Human Resources Analysts earning about $47K and Maintenance Supervisors making $45K. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Heavy Equipment Operators ($32K on average).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($87K annually) can be spotted in Fairfax, Va.; Richmond, Va. (approximately $74K), Staunton, Va. ($55K), and Roanoke, Va. (around $53K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Harrisonburg, Va. — at $39K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $56K per year on average. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $40K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (35 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $62K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals earn around $87K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. At Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), employees who hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Bachelor of Engineering (BEng / BE) receive the highest salaries at $105K.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Environmental Compliance; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $93K per year. Microsoft Office is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; close to one-fourth of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)'s people use it regularly. Project Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about half of employees receiving paid vacation and just over two-fifths of workers receiving sick leave. For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides an optional 401(k) plan, and roughly two in five workers participate. A large number of workers report having health insurance, and a fair number of workers report having dental coverage. Additional benefits of working here are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, a casual working environment, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.