When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $102K per year) can be spotted in Norfolk, Va.; Fairfax, Va. ($67K), Culpeper, Va. ($67K), and Suffolk, Va. (approximately $64K) are the next top-paying cities. Richmond, Va. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging around $61K.
Construction Managers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $73K annually; Transportation Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $68K, while Civil Engineers and Maintenance Supervisors rank near the top as well (approximately $59K and around $38K, respectively).
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of about $69K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $59K annually on average. The largest slice of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) workforce (38 percent) has been working for 20 years or more and earns, on average, $70K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $90K annually for Certified Professional Engineers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Project Management Professionals also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $72K per year. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE) — these employees rake in about $66K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Process Improvement in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $105K per year. Project Management is regularly seen around here; over a third of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to employee benefits, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has room for improvement — only 36 percent are paid for 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. A large number of employees can count on health insurance, and a strong majority of workers have dental coverage as a benefit. Some other perks are tuition reimbursement, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, a defined benefit retirement plan, and life insurance.