Public Works Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $73K annually on average but can range from $37K to $117K per year. In the world of Public Works Directors, total cash compensation varies between $37K and $117K. Each package generally includes bonuses that can, in exceptional cases, reach as much as $3K and , respectively. For the most part, Public Works Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,715 - $120,499
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MEDIAN: $72,819
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$14.58 - $29.67
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,715 - $120,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$37,426 - $116,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $29.67  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $40.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$37,426 - $116,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Public Works Director

Public works directors manage public works services for a specific area (such as a city), which may include waste management, water services, traffic control and building management. This job is a civil service position within the government, typically at the local level. Public works directors work alongside - and manage - other city and county employees, such as administrative staff and staff working directly with public services such as waste collection technicians and water treatment facility staff. They create budgets, oversee city projects, create long-term plans and goals for public services, coordinate with other local government officials and implement programs. They also supervise city employees and evaluate the performance of those that work under them.

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Public Works Director Tasks

  • 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.


For many Public Works Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $57K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Works Directors make a median salary of $66K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $93K.

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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$65,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budgeting
up arrow 77%

Leadership
up arrow 56%

Engineering Design
up arrow 34%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 32%

Budget Management
up arrow 23%



National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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