Golf Course Superintendent Salary

A little under three-quarters of Golf Course Superintendents in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $31K to $85K per year, but median earnings come to around $52K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Golf Course Superintendents enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,254 - $84,736

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$9.44 - $22.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$32,254 - $84,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,753  
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$30,985 - $84,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $22.47  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $40.80  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,753  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,985 - $84,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

  • 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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Golf Course Superintendents usually report a few specific skills. People Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Golf Course Superintendent

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $48K on average. Golf Course Superintendents bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $63K.

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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
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Golf Course Superintendent Salaries

People Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Project Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 30%
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