The Skill Based Pay Program is a compensation program designed to encourage and reward employees for the acquisition and performance of skills identified as critical by the management of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The goal of the Skill Based Pay Program is to develop an employee with diverse skills in a given operational area. The Skill Based Pay Program enables career ladder opportunities and provides management with a flexible tool in developing an efficient, multi-skilled workforce. With a diverse pool of skills, an employee progresses through a pay range based on assuming greater responsibility
and thereby increasing their value to the organization.
The NCDOT's Transportation Worker class is organized into four functional areas: Roadway Maintenance, Roadside Environmental, Traffic Services and Bridge Maintenance. There are approximately 4,000 positions in these maintenance classes. Although NCDOT is the first State agency to implement a Skill Based Pay Program on a broad scale, there are approximately 200 state agency positions outside of NCDOT participating in some form of a skill based pay program. In order to meet the anticipated challenges of declining personnel resources, of increased contract administration and of continuous increases in maintenance
of existing and new paved roads, the NCDOT needed to grow a flexible,
The NCDOT's Skill Based Pay Program works within a broad salary range with minimums and a maximum. This broad salary range is further divided into four levels; entry, intermediate, journey and advanced. Employees are paid the Base Rate for a level when they are performing the basic duties included in that level. Employees may receive salary increases incrementally, by attaining a set of required skills and by progressing from lower to higher levels. Pay is authorized only when training, certification and regular work assignments have been documented by NCDOT. Small salary increases are associated with Skill Blocks, a set of operationally significant tasks and serve as rewards to employees as they learn to develop and use different skills. When an employee becomes fully qualified for the next level, his or her pay is adjusted to the base rate for the next level. Skill Blocks typically increase in difficulty as the employee progresses through
the Skill Based Pay Program.
The Skill Based Pay Program provides you the opportunity to learn and master valuable skills that will aid in your career development. It also provides
you the financial incentive to continue learning new skills related to your job. Your immediate supervisor is your primary contact person for information relating to the Skill Based Pay Program. If you have any questions or need additional information, ask your immediate supervisor.