Our ninth annual Salary & Benefits Survey brings some much-needed good news. For the first time in four years, a clear majority of public works professionals are reporting pay raises; and the percentage reporting pay cuts is back in the single digits. However, with ever-rising employee contributions for health care and retirement funds, many say there are no extra dollars in their pockets. The public sector is just beginning to recover from the Great Recession, but the next big hurt is already on its heels: the exit of the workforce’s largest living generation—the Baby Boomers. Are you ready?

The typical respondent:

  • Is a 50- to 60-year-old male
  • Is a manager/supervisor working in a public works department
  • Works for a Midwest city, with a population between 10,000 and 100,000
  • Has a bachelor’s degree (and probably a PE)
  • Supervises one to five employees
  • Has more than 20 years of experience in his present position, and seven to 10 years in the private sector.

RESULTS

Raises are coming back
Great expectations
‘Net loss’: Benefits costs outpace salary increases
Baby Boomers ready to retire—again
Web Exclusive: How does your salary compare?
This region-by-region analysis compares average salaries of survey respondents by population served.