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Golf Course Superintendent Salary

With approximately two-thirds of Golf Course Superintendents in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Golf Course Superintendents is $51K annually and can range from $29K on the lower end to $89K per year near the higher end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While around one in three report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and just over two-fifths have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$29,799 - $88,216
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MEDIAN: $51,037
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$9.21 - $24.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,799 - $88,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$29,149 - $88,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 439
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $24.47  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $40.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$29,149 - $88,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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

  • 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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Survey takers who work as Golf Course Superintendents report a focused set of job skills. People Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $46K. Golf Course Superintendents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Golf Course Superintendents who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $67K.

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
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Golf Course Superintendent Salaries


National Average
$50,000

Project Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 32%