Golf Course Superintendents in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little under three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $52K annually, but may range from $33K to $87K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly two in five. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,326 - $88,050
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$52K
$88K
MEDIAN: $51,960
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$10.15 - $25.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,326 - $88,050  
   
Bonus
$498.33 - $12,080  
Total Pay (?
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$32,912 - $87,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $38.01  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$498.33 - $12,080  
   
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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$32,912 - $87,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. For Golf Course Superintendents, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

Golf Course Superintendent Advice

Q: 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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Key Stats for Golf Course Superintendent

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Golf Course Superintendent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Golf Course Superintendent Salaries


National Average
$51,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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