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 $31K to $85K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Golf Course Superintendents claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,406 - $84,940
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$85K
MEDIAN: $51,913
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$9.79 - $22.47
(Median)
$9
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,406 - $84,940  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,735  
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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$30,843 - $84,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $22.47  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $40.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,735  
   
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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$30,843 - $84,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Survey takers who work as Golf Course Superintendents typically report just a few professional 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.


For many Golf Course Superintendents, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $48K on average. Golf Course Superintendents claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $64K.

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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
up arrow 3%

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
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Project Management
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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
8%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 30%
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