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Public Works Director Salary

Public Works Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $39K to $105K per year, median earnings come to $74K per year. For the most part, Public Works Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,391 - $107,644
(Median)
$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,774
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90%

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$14.34 - $27.97
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,391 - $107,644  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,250  
Total Pay (?
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$38,783 - $105,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $27.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,250  
   
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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$38,783 - $105,385  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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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Survey takers who work as Public Works Directors report a focused set 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 24 percent, 23 percent, and 16 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $54K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $61K. Public Works Directors bring in $77K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$69,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 24%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 23%

Project Management
up arrow 16%

National Average
$69,000

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
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 4%
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