Public Works Director Salary

Public Works Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $39K to $124K per year, median earnings come to $76K per year. In the world of Public Works Directors, overall income ranges from $39K near the bottom to $124K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses in exceptional cases. For the most part, Public Works Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,319 - $128,013
$46K
$76K
$130K
MEDIAN: $75,693
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$13.25 - $31.26
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$0$128K
Salary $46,319 - $128,013
Bonus $0.00 - $2,750
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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$39,022 - $124,101
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 177
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.25 - $31.26
Overtime $17.45 - $41.11
Annual Data $0$124K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,750
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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$39,022 - $124,101
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • 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.
  • Attend public meetings and presents public works plans to citizens.
  • Plan and budget large public works account for long term projects, operations, safety and maintenance.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Director

Pay by Experience for a Public Works Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Works Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 54 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Works Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Public Works Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 89 salaries. A Public Works Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 69 salaries.

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Key Stats for Public Works Director

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

▲36%

National Average
$69,000

▼9%

▼9%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budgeting
▲67%

Leadership
▲48%

Engineering Design
▲26%

Construction Site Inspection
▲24%

National Average
$69,000

Project Management
▼6%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 7%
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