Golf Course Superintendent Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Golf Course Superintendents in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $33K to $89K per year, but median earnings come to around $53K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Golf Course Superintendents report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a little over a half and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,148 - $89,915
$35K
$53K
$90K
MEDIAN: $53,250
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$10.65 - $27.57
$11
$16
$28
MEDIAN: $15.78
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$0$89K
Salary $35,148 - $89,915
Bonus $494.05 - $10,332
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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$32,668 - $89,311
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 388
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $10.65 - $27.57
Overtime $0.00 - $38.01
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $494.05 - $10,332
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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$32,668 - $89,311
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 32

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Job Description for Golf Course Superintendent

Generally, golf course superintendents are responsible for overseeing all aspects of maintaining an enjoyable and profitable golf course. They must ensure that all natural areas of the course, from the fairways to the greens and roughs, are healthy and properly maintained, and must also be aware of the general course environment, including ponds, trees, and cart paths. Back in the office, they are heavily involved in hiring and working with golf course personnel.

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Golf Course Superintendent Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Golf Course Superintendent

Pay by Experience for a Golf Course Superintendent has a positive trend. An entry-level Golf Course Superintendent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 75 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Golf Course Superintendent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Golf Course Superintendent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 176 salaries. A Golf Course Superintendent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 143 salaries.

Golf Course Superintendent Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Golf Course Superintendent?

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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Key Stats for Golf Course Superintendent

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Golf Course Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Golf Course Superintendent Salaries


National Average
$52,000

Project Management
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 46%
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