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Sign Worker

Job classification

TitleSign Worker
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z) - Nonexempt
Labor agreement Prof & Tech Eng, Local 21
Effective dateJuly 22, 2019

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $35.3000 $37.0750 $38.9250 $40.8750 $42.9000
Rate /biweekly: $2,824.00 $2,966.00 $3,114.00 $3,270.00 $3,432.00
Rate /year: $73,424 $77,116 $80,964 $85,020 $89,232

Job description



Title: Sign Worker

Job Code: 7457


Under supervision, a 7457 Sign Worker fabricates, installs, repairs, inspects and maintains a variety of signs and performs other duties as required. The 7457 Sign Worker is an entry-level class.


The 7457 Sign Worker is distinguished from 5303 Supervisor, Traffic and Street Signs in that the former fabricates, installs, repairs, inspects, and maintains signs whereas the latter supervises subordinate personnel engaged in the fabrication, installation, repair, inspection, and maintenance of signs.




According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Transports equipment such as signs, poles, ladder, tools and safety equipment to job sites using a maintenance or bucket truck.

2. Reads and interprets written and technical instructions related to fabricating and installing signs.

3. Fabricates, cuts and drills signs; cuts lettering and symbols; lays out signs; prepares signs for installations in/on buildings, viaducts and parking garages.

4. Uses computer and plotter for fabricating signs to use for installation and placement.

5. Breaks cement; digs holes using power tools which include cement breakers, power drills, core drills, electric band saws, drill presses, and hand tools which include saws, wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, sledge-hammers, levels, rivet-guns, ladders, shovels, post-hole diggers, trowels, and cement mason tools.

6. Installs into ground and repairs poles, posts, or bike racks using tools such as gas run cement breakers or sledge-hammers, post-hole diggers, tamping-bars, chipping bars, cement, cement mason tools, levels, tape measures, pipe wrenches, pole-straighteners, band-saws, ratchets and sockets, center punches, and power drills ensuring that all installations meet safety codes.

7. Attaches signs to poles, posts or other structures using tools such as banding tools, bandits, brackets, ladders, bucket trucks, wrenches and sockets and hammer buckles ensuring that all installations meet safety codes.

8. Removes graffiti and posted materials from signs using chemical solutions; may apply and/or remove architectural graphics on/from spaces, in and around buildings.

9. Maintains records and fills out forms detailing work order and emergency assignments using laptop and/or handheld computer.

10. Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of: safe and proper usage of a variety of hand and power tools such as cement breaker, electric band saw, pipe cutting and threading machine, rivet gun, electric drill, core drill, drill press, generator, saw, wrench, hammer, level, shovel, post-hole digger, trowel, screwdriver, sledgehammer and other tools necessary for the installation, repair and maintenance of, signs; safety procedures for safe use of various tools and equipment in the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic signs; procedures to ensure the safety of workers and the public during installation, placement, repair and maintenance of signs; concrete; painting; and State and local laws governing the proper placement of signs.

Ability and Skill to: Read and interpret maps or drawings and work orders; comprehend technical instructions for the installation, repair and maintenance of signs; drive a variety of motor vehicles for the purpose of transporting materials and equipment; communicate effectively with supervisors, engineers, and the general public with regard to the repair and maintenance of signs; promote and maintain cooperative and harmonious working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public; listen and elicit information and answer questions; read written materials with comprehension; write clear and concise reports on the completion of work orders as well as necessary reports for the installation, repair and maintenance of street and traffic signs, and filling out incident/accident reports; lift and carry heavy objects weighing up to 98 pounds such as sacks of cement, posts and poles, tools, ladders, post hole diggers, cement/pavement breaker and cement masonry tools; stand, walk, climb, bend, stoop, and kneel in the performance of essential job duties and to have the strength and manual dexterity necessary to use standard tools; utilize applicable computer software applications to cut and lay out signs and to prepare day to day reports. The safe use of a variety of hand and power tools and vehicles.


These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (General Education Diploma or California High School Proficiency Certificate.


One (1) year of verifiable experience in the operation of power tools such as: power drills, electrical band saws and cement breakers.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid Class C driver license.


The nature of work involves physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of the fingers, limbs and body; working independently; interacting with the public; working from heights such as ladders or lift bucket trucks while carrying tools and heavy materials; working under hazardous conditions including working in congested, busy traffic areas, and inclement weather. Employees are required to lift and carry objects weighing up to ninety-eight (98) pounds. Employees may be required to work weekends, overtime, and rotating schedules.


To: 5303 Supervisor, Traffic and Street Signs

From: Entrance Examination


AMENDED DATE: 09/06/05, 01/19/13; 07/22/19

REASON FOR AMENDMENT To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills & abilities, and minimum qualifications.


Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $35.3000 $37.0750 $38.9250 $40.8750 $42.9000
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $33.5375 $35.2250 $36.9875 $38.8375 $40.7625
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $33.3750 $35.0500 $36.8000 $38.6500 $40.5625
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $32.2375 $33.8625 $35.5500 $37.3375 $39.1875
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $31.3000 $32.8750 $34.5125 $36.2500 $38.0500

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Compensation plan table