When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($102K per year) can be spotted in Norfolk, Va.; Fairfax, Va. ($64K), Richmond, Va. (approximately $64K), and Roanoke, Va. (around $63K) are the next top-paying cities. Lynchburg, Va. ranks low on the pay scale — at $49K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities.
Construction Managers earn the highest median pay at about $73K annually, followed by Transportation Engineers ($70K), Civil Engineers (about $63K), and Payroll Supervisors ($48K). Construction Inspectors are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $47K.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $60K per year. Survey participants who have worked at Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for between five and 10 years earn approximately $64K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) folks have 20 years or more of experience and earn an average around $72K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $90K annually for Certified Professional Engineers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Earning a Project Management Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of $76K per year on average. It pays to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) — these employees make the most at about $86K annually.
Employees who count Process Improvement among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is approximately $105K per year. A garden variety skill at Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is Project Management; about two-fifths of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)'s people use it regularly. Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about half of workers receiving paid vacation and just over two-fifths of workers receiving sick leave. Workers can easily stock up on retirement savings by participating in several options such as a defined benefit retirement plan, a 403(b) plan, and a 401(k) plan. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of employees and dental coverage for a strong majority of respondents. Some other perks are defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, a defined benefit retirement plan, and life insurance.