Superintendent of Public Works Salary

Superintendent of Public Workss in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K annually on average but can range from $39K to $87K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$42,740 - $91,482

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$15.65 - $35.22

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,740 - $91,482  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,757 - $87,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.65 - $35.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,757 - $87,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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Job Description for Superintendent of Public Works

Superintendents of public works are responsible for supervising a locality’s public works department and its work in the areas of traffic control, street repair and maintenance, street lighting, and other essential and non-essential services provided by such departments. As heads of public departments, they are also responsible for meeting environmental standards and regulations, training lower-level employees, and administrative and managerial tasks related to the development, organization, and implementation of public works projects.

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Superintendent of Public Works Tasks

  • Oversee safety training, regulations and their compliance.
  • Oversee daily operations for the Department of Public Works.
  • Oversee emergency operations due to inclement weather, and in response to forecasted severe weather situations.
  • Oversee public works activities including the maintenance of streets, drainage, and public buildings.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance standards are being met or addressed.

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Pay by Experience Level for Superintendent of Public Works

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Superintendent of Public Workss. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. Superintendent of Public Workss see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $70K.

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Experience Affects Superintendent of Public Works Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$61,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 9%
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