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Executive Staff Compensation

Legislation passed during the 83rd Legislature requires state agencies to provide information regarding staff compensation online. In accordance with this statute, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provides the following information:

Full-Time Equivalent Employee Information

Fiscal Year 2015 Average FTE Fiscal Year 2016 FTE CAP Fiscal Year 2017 FTE CAP
11,754.9 11,900 11,900

Legislative Appropriations – All Funds

Fiscal Year 2015 Fiscal Year 2016  
$10,994,285,213 $12,359,581,403  

Executive Compensation

The following table provides compensation for the executive director and executive staff that report directly to the executive director, including the percentage increase in compensation for each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years. Blank areas indicate that the position did not exist for the given fiscal year, or did not report to the executive director.

Executive Job Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
Fiscal Year 2016
Executive Director $192,500 $292,500 $292,500 $273,000 $292,500 $299,812
Percent Change from Previous Year 0.0% 52.0% 0.0% -6.7% 7.5% 2.5%
Deputy Executive Director $170,600 $255,000 $255,000 $272,000 $272,000 $255,000
Percent Change from Previous Year 0.0% 50.0% 0.0% 6.7% 0.0% 6.7%
Chief of Staff
  $145,000 $155,000 $150,000 $169,125 $150,00
Percent Change from Previous Year     6.9% -3.2% 12.8% -12.5%
Chief Audit and Compliance Executive
$123,300 $140,000 $140,000 $160,000 $173,430 $198,000
Percent Change from Previous Year 0.0% 13.5% 0.0% 14.3% 8.4% 14.17%
General Counsel
$146,400 $200,000 $200,000 $202,000 $223,491 $223,491
Percent Change from Previous Year 5.2% 36.6% 0.0% 1.0% 10.6% 0.0%
Chief Financial Officer   $237,000
Percent Change from Previous Year           n/a
Chief Engineer $252,000
Percent Change from Previous Year           n/a
Chief Administrative Officer $237,000
Percent Change from Previous Year         n/a
Director of Strategy & Innovation $245,692
Percent Change from Previous Year     n/a
Director of Communication & Customer Service $209,100
Percent Change from Previous Year n/a
Director of Governmental Affairs   $172,425
Percent Change from Previous Year           n/a

Market Analysis Methodology

In August 2016, the State Auditor's Office (SAO) issued A Report on Executive Compensation of State Agencies (SAO Report No. 16-706). According to the SAO's methodology, the market average for the executive director was reported to be $271,365. The SAO analyzed state agency executive officer pay at state agencies and other public and private sector entities, taking into account factors such as:

  • The size of the agency's annual appropriations.
  • The agency's number of authorized full-time equivalent employees including the Governor's and the Legislative Budget Board's approved changes.
  • The market average compensation for similar executive positions.
  • The executive officer position's salary compared to the salaries of classified positions within the agency.
  • Specialized education required for each position.

The salary for the TxDOT Executive Director, $299,812, is determined by the Texas Transportation Commission and is consistent with the range described by Article IX of the General Appropriations Act for Scheduled Exempt Positions, Group 8 ($186,300-$299,813).

The salary for the Deputy Executive Director is determined by the Executive Director, and is accordance with the salary prescribed by Article VII of the General Appropriations for one of five Executive Leadership Positions that are exempt from the State’s Classification Plan.

The annual compensation of executive staff in classified positions is determined by the executive director and is based on a number of factors, including the complexity of the work performed, skills requirements, experience requirement, education required, budget and staff oversight and the internal relationship to comparable positions in the agency.

The minimum and maximum salary ranges for the classified executive positions are specified in the State’s Position Classification Plan in Article IX of the General Appropriations Act. As reported in the Biennial Report on the State’s Position Classification Plan for the 2018-2019 Biennial Report (September 2016, Report No. 17-701), the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) conducts market analyses and recommends changes to the legislature when established salary ranges are identified as no longer equitable or competitive. To conduct this analysis and review, the SAO collected market data from multiple salary survey sources for positions representative of work performed in state government.

Neither the TxDOT Executive Director nor the executive staff is currently eligible for salary supplements.

The average compensation paid to employees employed by the agency who are not executive staff was $57,709 in August 2016 as reported in TxDOT’s internal HR system.

Legislative Appropriations Percent Difference History

The following table provides the percentage difference in legislative appropriations to the agency each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years.

Fiscal Year Appropriations Percent Change from Previous Year
2011 $8,852,125,065 9.5%
2012 $10,478,758,866 18.4%
2013 $9,304,599,300 -11.2%
2014 $11,092,157,085 19.2%
2015 $10,994,285,213 -0.9%
2016 $12,008,332,798 12.41%