Superintendent of Public Works Salary
Superintendent of Public Workss in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K per year on average but can range from $39K to $97K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Given the complexities of this senior-level position, most superintendents of public works have significant prior experience in public works departments and great familiarity with the duties, responsibilities, and tasks of these departments. Due to the wide-ranging managerial and supervisory skills required, most in this position have strong analytical and problem-solving skills to manage projects and communications. Although working up to the position from within is possible in smaller departments, a bachelor’s degree or higher in management, urban planning, environmental engineering, and other related fields is generally required.
Although most work is performed in an office within a city/county/state building, superintendents of public works often find themselves outdoors in sometimes-harsh weather as they oversee, inspect, and otherwise participate in public works projects. While they rarely perform physical labor in these situations, they are often experienced in the work being done and equipment used, which allows them to apply this knowledge in on-site planning and problem-solving in order to better complete a project.
Superintendent of Public Works Tasks
- Oversee public works activities including the maintenance of streets, drainage, and public buildings.
- Ensure regulatory compliance standards are being met or addressed.
- Oversee emergency operations due to inclement weather, and in response to forecasted severe weather situations.
- Oversee safety training, regulations and their compliance.
- Oversee daily operations for the Department of Public Works.
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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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $56K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Superintendent of Public Workss make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Superintendent of Public Workss who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $73K.