Public Works Director Salary

Public Works Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $105K per year, median earnings come to $73K annually. Most Public Works Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,400 - $107,211
(Median)
$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,064
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$13.40 - $29.60
(Median)
$13
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,400 - $107,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$38,327 - $104,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $29.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$38,327 - $104,953  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 only report a few specific 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 27 percent, 25 percent, and 19 percent, respectively.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $54K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $61K on average. Public Works Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $82K on average.

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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

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 27%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 25%

Project Management
up arrow 19%

National Average
$68,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 5%
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