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Public Works Director Salary

Public Works Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $74K annually on average but can range from $39K to $105K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Public Works Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,087 - $106,842
(Median)
$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,945
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90%

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$14.40 - $27.77
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$47,087 - $106,842  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,436  
Total Pay (?
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$38,813 - $104,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $27.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.23  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,436  
   
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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$38,813 - $104,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Public Works Directors who took the survey. Most notably, facility with Construction Site Inspection, Budget Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 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.


For many Public Works Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $53K, 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. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $82K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$68,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 25%

Budget Management
up arrow 23%

Project Management
up arrow 16%

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
11%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 4%