Public Works Director Salary

Just under two-thirds of Public Works Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $38K to $105K per year, and the average comes out to $73K annually. Work is enjoyable for Public Works Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,756 - $107,761
(Median)
$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,604
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$13.40 - $29.60
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,756 - $107,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
Total Pay (?
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$38,442 - $105,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $29.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.63  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$38,442 - $105,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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Public Works Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Construction Site Inspection, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 26 percent, and 20 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Public Works Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $61K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $54K. Public Works Directors see a median salary of $77K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Public Works Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $82K.

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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 28%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 26%

Project Management
up arrow 20%

National Average
$68,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 5%
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