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Public Works Director Salary

The majority of Public Works Directors in the United States — approximately two in three — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $104K per year, and the median is $72K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Public Works Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$45,526 - $105,502
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MEDIAN: $71,579
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$13.85 - $29.02
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$45,526 - $105,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
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$38,424 - $103,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $29.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.66  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,424 - $103,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Public Works Director

  • Plan and budget large public works account for long term projects, operations, safety and maintenance.
  • Attend public meetings and presents public works plans to citizens.
  • Manage, supervise and administer public works operations and maintenance including all or some of the following: streets, buildings and grounds, vehicles, parks, cemeteries, electric, water, irrigation and sewer.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Director

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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Works Directors make a median salary of $76K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $81K.

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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 3%