Golf Course Superintendent Salary (United States)

Seasoned employees—those with more than 10 years of experience in the field—make up the largest chunk of Golf Course Superintendents in the United States, approximately two-thirds. There is a range in pay— $28,672 to $81,896 per year—with average salary amounting to $48,437 per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around one third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and 42 percent claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Golf Course Superintendent Salary (?
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$29,597 - $80,984
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MEDIAN: $49,661
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Golf Course Superintendent Salary (?
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$9.07 - $22.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,597 - $80,984  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,000  
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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$28,672 - $81,896  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $42.89  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$0.00 - $9,000  
   
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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$28,672 - $81,896  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Golf Course Superintendent

  • Track inventory and order materials and supplies, checking for proper usage.
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff in special projects and regular maintenance.
  • Oversee marketing and outreach strategies to increase customers and bookings.
  • Oversee schedules and budgets for the golf course.
  • Work with government and environmental groups.

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Pay by Experience Level for Golf Course Superintendent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Golf Course Superintendents with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $38K, which grow to $45K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $53K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Golf Course Superintendents typically earn $64K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Golf Course Superintendents with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with one to 10 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$48,000
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Orlando
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The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando.

Golf Course Superintendent Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Golf Course Superintendent in Phoenixville:
"10 Years Of Misery To Get A Good Job."
Start out going to one of the major courses in the area, and be prepared to work. Working long hard hours for minimum pay is the only way to work your way up the ranks. All the good superintendent jobs are going to assistants from the big courses. The smaller courses no longer can pay a decent wage because the number of rounds have dropped. Until the economy picks up, the outlook for this occupation is bleak.

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Experience Affects Golf Course Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$48,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Golf Course Superintendent Salaries

National Average
$48,000
Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 34%
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