APWA Public Works Compensation Report and Salary Calculator offers new member benefit


By David Dancy, Director of Marketing and Web Services, American Public Works Association, Kansas City, Missouri

The American Public Works Association boasts a proud tradition of excellence and serves as a fantastic resource for public works education and information. But one thing APWA has been missing for years is a compensation study of the public works profession. Not since the 1989 Profile of Local Service Organizations and Managers, or as some would call it the APWA Special Report 57, has APWA completed a full compensation study of its members.

“We want to continuously meet the needs of our members,” said Scott Grayson, APWA's Executive Director since 2016, “which is why we felt it was important to complete this study at this time. As the Association for Public Works, our members and their agencies come to us looking for information that will help them to be successful in their communities and in their careers. We want to provide quality education in public works and be the best resource for public works technical and career information.”

The 2018 APWA Public Works Compensation Report, released in the fall of 2018, is the result of a study conducted by Industry Insights, Inc, an independent professional survey research firm located in Dublin, Ohio. The company specializes in conducting industry operating surveys, compensation and benefit studies, and member attitude surveys.

The survey was sent to more than 20,000 public works professionals in both the United States and Canada. We were surprised with how good the response rated was for a first-time compensation survey. With over 2,600 respondents and a 13% response rate, we are very satisfied with the results. APWA surveyed all levels of people working within public works. These groups included administrative, operations, supervisory and senior management as well as public works directors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Access the full salary report as well as the online searchable survey calculator.