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Our work at the Virginia Department of Transportation directly impacts everyone in a major way. It is our responsibility to provide a safe and reliable transportation system to support the safety, quality of life, and economic well-being of citizens and communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We believe every employee has a unique role to play in upholding this responsibility.

We value diversity in our workforce and recognize the importance of combining our unique perspectives and strengths to work towards achieving our common goals and upholding our mission.

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    We are looking for team members to bring creativity, knowledge, leadership and passion as we continuously work to innovate and reinvent the future of transportation.


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    VDOT’s compensation program is designed to attract, motivate and retain talented and productive employees by applying an innovative mix of base pay, variable pay and non-monetary options. The agency strives to compensate skilled, high-performing employees at rates competitive with their local labor market while balancing internal alignment and exercising responsible fiscal stewardship for the tax paying residents of the Commonwealth.

    An average new employee electing family health care coverage has a benefits package with an estimated value of 78 percent of their annual salary. At $40,000 a year, the employee actually receives $71,200 in total compensation. The VDOT total rewards package includes compensation, benefits, recognition and other valuable options, including flexible work schedules.

    View the VDOT Employee Handbook for more detail on VDOT's total compensation package.


    Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) employees participate in the Commonwealth of Virginia Employee Benefits Program.

    This program includes medical, dental, prescription drug, mental health coverage and a flexible benefit program. 


    VDOT provides short- and long-term disability benefits at no cost. There's a one-year waiting period for new hires and re-hires. This program is administered by the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).

    Employees participate in a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings, including employer matching.

    The Virginia Retirement System has information.

    There are also several voluntary insurance plans available.

    • Flexible work schedules are valued
    • Telework eligibility is pursuant to the Commonwealth's Telework policy.
    • The cost of commuting by vanpool or mass transit may be subsidized.
    • Various employee discounts are available.

    Career Paths

    Engineering and construction are vital to operations at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

    Our engineering and construction team members ensure that the more than eight million residents in Virginia can safely and efficiently travel each day.

    They also provide support for more than 127,000 lane miles of highway and more than 20,000 bridges and structures.

    At VDOT, you can challenge the status quo, work on many different types of projects and continue to learn and grow professionally. 

    We offer numerous engineering and construction positions, ranging from early-career development to highly experienced and specialized roles, including transportation, design, structural and bridge specialties.

    Our employees work on the entire lifecycle of projects – from idea to execution.

    You’ll have the chance to collaborate with stakeholders, including:

    • Teammates
    • Contractors
    • Other government agencies
    • Members of the public

    Some of the areas you can explore are below.


    • Developing highway and bridge plans
    • Performing highway and bridge design studies
    • Preparing detailed plans and specifications for foundations, slopes, drainage, and incorporating your knowledge and experience to adapt design projects to a wide range of geotechnical challenges


    • Investigating and analyzing unstable foundations, solid-rock slope failures and groundwater problems.
    • Overseeing project execution by private companies
    • Inspecting project sites to ensure materials meet the needs of the job and that construction is performed according to plan


    • Designing, evaluating and providing recommendations to ensure proper road surfaces to protect the safety of all 
    • Conducting engineering and traffic studies to establish speed limits, passing zones, sign placement, pavement markings, etc.

    Our professional and business support teammates help keep the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) moving.

    These employees ensure funding is appropriate, create meaningful information for our traveling public and provide VDOT employees with training and development.

    Professional and business support employees help keep VDOT moving so we can keep Virginia moving. 

    Some of the areas you can explore are below.


    This group has several areas of focus, including:

    • Communications
    • Human Resources
    • Finance
    • Procurement
    • Training and Development

    Business Support:

    • This group assists with the day in and day out function of VDOT.
    • They provide crucial support for all of our business units with data, purchasing and administrative needs.

    Maintenance and Operations are at the heart of everything the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) accomplishes.

    Our team members drive critical projects and provide crucial services to help keep our traveling public safe.

    They also develop cutting-edge techniques for roadway maintenance, structure construction, etc.

    Our team members are our front-line employees and are the face of VDOT.


    Our maintenance positions require a wide range of expertise and skill.

    Some career areas:

    • Roadway maintenance and repair
    • Heavy equipment maintenance and repair
    • Structural maintenance


    Our operations team keeps VDOT going forward and enables us to deploy our innovative solutions.

    Career areas include:

    • Safety
    • Equipment operation
    • Customer service
    • Project management

    Technology and science are integral to the everyday operations at VDOT.

    Our team members are highly skilled and are always exploring new and innovative ways to use in their everyday work.

    From drones to robots to chemical makeups, we are transportation innovators.


    VDOT has technology careers in several areas, including:

    • Robotics
    • Automation
    • Geographic information systems
    • Computer and programming science


    There are many scientific career paths in VDOT, including: 

    • Materials
    • Environmental issues
    • Transportation research
    • Data

    Policies and other information

    VDOT provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

    This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

    Information for VDOT employees and applicants:

    Last updated: December 8, 2023

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