Public Works Director Salary

With close to two-thirds of Public Works Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Public Works Directors is $76K annually and can range from $39K on the lower end to $126K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of Public Works Directors incorporate potential for, in rare cases, more than $3K from bonuses; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $126K. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Public Works Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,123 - $130,931
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$76K
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MEDIAN: $75,911
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$12.82 - $30.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,123 - $130,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$38,537 - $125,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $30.77  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $41.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$38,537 - $125,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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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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 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Public Works Director Salaries

▲37%

National Average
$68,000

▼8%

▼8%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Public Works Director Salaries

Budgeting
▲69%

Leadership
▲49%

Engineering Design
▲27%

Construction Site Inspection
▲25%

National Average
$68,000

Project Management
▼6%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 8%
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