Golf Course Superintendent Salary

Golf Course Superintendents in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $52K per year on average but can range from $32K to $88K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 more than two-fifths have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,864 - $88,030
(Median)
$33K
$52K
$88K
MEDIAN: $52,209
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$9.70 - $22.07
(Median)
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$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$32,864 - $88,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,766  
Profit Sharing
$1,526  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$31,558 - $87,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $22.07  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,766  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,526  
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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$31,558 - $87,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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Job skills reported by Golf Course Superintendents are limited. 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.


Golf Course Superintendents do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. On average, Golf Course Superintendents make $53K following one to two decades on the job. As Golf Course Superintendents reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

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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
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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

People Management
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National Average
$51,000

Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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