Public Works Director Salary

The majority of Public Works Directors in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $38K to $105K per year, and the median is $73K annually. Nearly all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$45,554 - $107,034

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$13.40 - $29.60

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,554 - $107,034  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
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$38,385 - $104,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $29.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.63  
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$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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$38,385 - $104,822  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 report a narrow range of 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 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $53K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $61K. Public Works Directors see a median salary of $77K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 6%
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