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.
|Salary||$48,056 - $123,783|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,959|
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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).)
|$41,911 - $121,206|
|Hourly Rate||$12.31 - $42.65|
|Overtime||$17.62 - $53.10|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,959|
|Total Pay (||$41,911 - $121,206|
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.Read More...
These directors generally work indoors in an office environment, though they may also attend public events or work on-site to handle serious problems that require upper management. Public works directors often work during regular business hours with the exception of special events or major issues with public services that require work during other hours.
Public works directors must have extensive management experience, typically in similar government or city service positions; five to seven years of civil service experience is a common requirement. This position typically requires a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or business administration, and a background in accounting is also helpful due to budgetary work required for this position. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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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