Public Works Director Salary

Public Works Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Public Works Directors. Pay fluctuates from $38K to $109K per year, but expected earnings average $73K per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Public Works Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,521 - $112,696
(Median)
$48K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,776
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50%
90%

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$13.94 - $29.30
(Median)
$14
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,521 - $112,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
Total Pay (?
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$37,775 - $109,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $29.30  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $40.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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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$37,775 - $109,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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

  • 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Budgeting, Budget Management, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 74 percent, 32 percent, and 31 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Public Works Directors. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $55K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $62K. Public Works Directors see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $84K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budgeting
up arrow 74%

Budget Management
up arrow 32%

Engineering Design
up arrow 31%

Project Management
up arrow 29%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 29%

National Average
$66,000

Operations Management
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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