Public Works Director Salary

Public Works Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $39K to $120K per year, median earnings come to $71K annually. In the world of Public Works Directors, overall income ranges from $39K near the bottom to $120K at the top; this can include more than $3K from bonuses in exceptional cases. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$47,584 - $123,840
$48K
$71K
$120K
MEDIAN: $70,953
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$14.30 - $29.75
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MEDIAN: $20.55
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Salary
$47,584 - $123,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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$38,547 - $119,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $40.76  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
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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$38,547 - $119,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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

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 $58K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $62K on average. Public Works Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $63K. 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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Key Stats for Public Works Director

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

▲46%

National Average
$64,000

▼2%

Mid-Career
▼3%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budgeting
▲80%

Leadership
▲59%

Engineering Design
▲35%

Construction Site Inspection
▲33%

National Average
$64,000




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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