Public Works Supervisor Salary
Men make up the majority of Public Works Supervisors in the United States, bringing in about $21.23 per hour. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Public Works Supervisor
Public works supervisors work primarily for federal, state, and local government agencies on infrastructure projects, such as roads, to be used by the public. They often visit job-sites to inspect work, monitor progress, review job reports, and communicate with team leaders or crew chiefs, and they must ensure that their employees follow all safety guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws and regulations.Read More...
Public works supervisors should have computer skills and proficiency in using computerized mobile instruments, construction vehicles, and other tools/equipment, including heavy equipment. Leadership and interpersonal skills are important in this position, and they should also have communication skills to work well with employees, monitor their progress, and provide feedback in a timely manner.
Public works supervisors should be physically fit, and some employers require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field while others require only a high school diploma and relevant work experience. A commercial driver's license and OSHA Competent Person Certification may also be required, and those in this position may attend ongoing education and train and coach new public works employees.
Public Works Supervisor Tasks
- Work under the Public Works Director to manage department employees and maintain a safe working environment.
- Inspect and maintain public works department facilities and equipment such as vehicles and tools.
- Respond to problems and emergencies, and resolve them in a timely and efficient manner.
- Schedule and organize assigned projects, obtain required materials, and supervise project completion.
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Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Supervisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Public Works Supervisors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $47K.