Average Public Works Director Salary

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The average salary for a Public Works Director is $76,320.
MEDIAN $76,320
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$48k - $124k
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$0 - $12k
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$41k - $121k

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Job Description for Public Works Director

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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Career Paths

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Public Works Director
Director of Engineering
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Public Works Director

Skills in Project Management, Budget Management and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Works Director

An early career Public Works Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $61,067 based on 92 salaries. A mid-career Public Works Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,099 based on 100 salaries. An experienced Public Works Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,930 based on 165 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $97,546.

Pay Difference by Location

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Employees with Public Works Director in their job title in Boston, Massachusetts earn an average of 28.7% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Grosse Ile, Michigan (1.6% less).

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