2017 City Salaries; Engineering Department

The engineering department is one of the largest and most compensated of any in the city. They are mostly responsible for our roads, and traffic flow and pretty much anything relating to infrastructure. It actually surprised me of how many ACTUAL engineers work for the city considering they use a lot outside consultants, architects and engineers.

69 people work in the Engineering department

15 Civil Engineers

19 Engineering Techs

9 Traffic Techs

9 Principal Engineers

3 Temps

2 Real Estate Specialists

3 Administrative Assistants

2 Assistant City Engineers

7 Misc single positions and managers

$2.7 Million Management Salaries

$1.8 Million hourly Salaries

$4.5 million in total salaries with an average wage of $65,200 a year.

Most management makes between 70-100K while hourly employees make between 50-60K a year.

The Engineering department has the highest paid city employee, Director of Public Works, Mark Cotter $183,622.40 (Mark is probably one of the highest paid public municipal employees in the state of South Dakota).

It would be nice to see the numbers with what the department spends on outside assistance.

Here is the full doc: 2017-Wages


#1 Southpaw on 04.29.17 at 9:00 am

Jennifer Tinguely, MD the City Chief Medical Officer is the highest paid at over $200k. Mr. Cotter is among the top. He is a brilliant professional and Sioux Falls is lucky to have him.

#2 Marko on 04.29.17 at 9:58 am

Engineering, inspecting are important…


#3 Warren Phear on 04.29.17 at 10:11 am

$183,622.40 is not just for South Dakota, but the entire midwest. For what? Sending sewer lines to an empty frontier outpost, now a part of the “city”, otherwise known as foundation park? These engineers spent nearly 9 million in 2016 on sewer lines alone in foundation. Now they have to get sewer lines from the city to the frontier outpost. Cost? Nearly 29 million in the year 2020. I will say again. What a complete waste of ta payer dollars. Why? Literally right across the street from the wastewater treatment plant sits development park number 8, with hundreds of acres of land, EMPTY, with all the needed infrastructure already there, just waiting to be tapped into.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 04.29.17 at 5:01 pm

And they’re not ashamed of ripping off the public. Then, strong mayor vetoes the council and builds them a 26 million dollar 4 story office building with only the first floor occupied. A new mayor can lay off two thirds of them with services fulfillment via half price independent contractors.

#5 scott on 04.29.17 at 5:34 pm

funny how turdbeck didn’t say tax revenue is in the crapper until after mmm got his admin building started.

#6 l3wis on 04.30.17 at 11:10 am

Yes, Jennifer is on the city payroll, and I forgot about her salary. I kind of put her salary and the dentists in a different category since they run a public health institution. I agree Cotter is probably worth his salary, though he had some flubs during the Munson administration, but I think he has learned his lesson after the sewer pipe explosion and crap running down our streets.

#7 Poly on 04.30.17 at 3:24 pm


#8 l3wis on 04.30.17 at 4:08 pm

Poly, isn’t it funny since they are always telling us that SF is comparable wages for directors. Comparable to the Corporate world, not the public sector.

#9 Poly on 04.30.17 at 4:53 pm

Omaha has two and a half times as many residents as Sioux Falls. The public works director of Omaha makes fourteen thousand a year less than in Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls spends 128 million a year on salaries. Omaha spends 206 million.