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In accordance with legislation passed during the 83rd Legislature, TxDOT publishes agency-related and staff compensation information online.

The table below provides TxDOT's legislative appropriations and percent change for each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years.

Legislative Appropriations Percent Difference History

Fiscal Year

Appropriations

Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year

2014

$11,092,157,085

19.2%

2015

$10,115,639,213

-8.8%

2016

$12,008,332,798

18.7%

2017

$11,046,520,070

-8.0%

2018

$12,412,438,493

12.4%

2019

$14,182,601,254

14.3%

Source: General Appropriations Act

 

Full-time Equivalent Employee Information

The table below shows TxDOT's full-time equivalent (FTE) employee limitation and percent change for each fiscal year of the five preceding fiscal years.

Fiscal Year

Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees Limitation

Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year

2014

12,087.0

0.0%

2015

2,087.0

0.0%

2016

11,900.0

-1.5%

2017

11,900.0

0.0%

2018

12,213.5

2.6%

2019

12,213.5

0.0%

Source: General Appropriations Act

 

Staff Compensation

According to the State Auditor’s Office’s Electronic Classification Analysis System (E-Class), in fiscal year 2019, the average annual compensation of TxDOT’s classified regular full-time employees was $56,665.

Executive Compensation

Neither the TxDOT Executive Director or the executive staff is currently eligible for salary supplements.

Market Analysis Methodology

In fiscal year 2019, the TxDOT Executive Director’s annual salary was $299,812. The Texas Transportation Commission determines the TxDOT Executive Director’s salary and is consistent with the range described by Article IX, Section 3.04, of the General Appropriations Act for Scheduled Exempt Positions, Group 8 ($186,300-$299,813).

The State Auditor's Office (SAO) issued A Report on Executive Compensation of State Agencies (SAO Report No. 18-705) indicating that the market average for the executive director was reported to be $287,636 which is based on market data from public, non-profit, and private sector salary sources; to include supplemental data obtained by the SAO from a variety of sources. In addition, the SAO’s report states that it also considered the:

  • Nature and complexity of each agency, to include the scope of responsibilities.
  • Number of authorized full-time equivalent employees.
  • The market average compensation for similar executive positions.
  • Budget size.
  • Job requirements of the executive positions for a specialized or advanced degree.

The annual compensation of TxDOT’s executive staff complies with the State’s Position Classification Plan; is determined by the executive director; and is based on several factors, including the complexity of the work performed, education, experience, and skills requirements, budget and staff oversight, as well as the internal relationship to comparable positions in the agency.

Table 3 provides the compensation for TxDOT’s executive staff who report directly to the executive director, including the percentage change 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 the position did not report directly to the executive director.)

Executive Title and Salariesa Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015 Fiscal Year 2016 Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year 2019
Executive Director $273,000 $292,500 $278,800 $299,812 $299,812 $299,812
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year -6.7% 7.1% -4.7% 7.5% 0.0% 0.0%
             
Deputy Executive Director $272,000 $272,000 $272,000 $255,000 $264,000 $264,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year 6.7% 0.0% 0.0% -6.2% 3.5% 0.0%
             
Chief of Staff $156,550 $153,000 $169,125 $150,000 $168,000 $183,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year 8.0% -2.3% 10.5% -11.3% 12.0% 8.9%
             
Chief Audit and Compliance Officerb $141,400 $163,200 $173,430 $198,000 $210,000 $219,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year 1.0% 15.4% 6.3% 14.2% 6.1% 4.3%
             
General Counsel $202,000 $206,040 $223,491 $223,491 $230,000 $230,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year 1.0% 2.0% 8.5% 0.0% 2.9% 0.0%
             
Chief Financial Officer $272,000 $272,000 $278,800 $237,000 $246,000 $246,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year 11.0% 0.0% 2.5% -15.0% 3.8% 0.0%
             
Chief Engineerc      $239,850 $252,000 $261,000 $261,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year       5.1% 3.6% 0.0%
             
Chief Administrative Officer       $237,000 $246,000 $246,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year         3.8% 0.0%
             
Director of Strategy and Innovation   $239,700 $245,692 $245,692 $245,692 $245,692
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year     2.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
             
Director of Communications and Customer Service       $209,100 $209,100 $209,100
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year         0.0% 0.0%
             
Director of Government Affairs       $172,425 $180,000 $189,000
Percent Change from Previous Fiscal Year         4.4% 5.0%

aSalaries are "as of" Sept.1 of each fiscal year.

bChief Audit and Compliance Officer administratively reports to the Executive Director.

cChief Engineer title was combined with the Deputy Executive Director; therefore, salary data prior to fiscal year 2016 is not reflected.

Source: Internal payroll system, PeopleSoft.