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Parks and Recreation Director Salary

Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $56K annually, but may range from $30K to $100K per year. Men make up the majority of Parks and Recreation Directors (66 percent) survey respondents. Most Parks and Recreation Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,630 - $101,142
(Median)
$31K
$56K
$100K
MEDIAN: $55,679
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90%

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$12.15 - $29.36
(Median)
$12
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,630 - $101,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$30,193 - $99,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $61.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$30,193 - $99,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Parks and Recreation Director

Parks/recreation directors are generally hired by cities and towns. If hiring, local governments seek individuals who can fulfill the duties of overseeing parks/recreation programs. Ideal applicants should have a Bachelor's degree, usually in Park Management, Public Administration, or a related field. A Master's degree is more preferable, but not necessary for the position. Many organizations require at least four years of experience supervising staff in park management or other relevant work. Some cities may require that their parks and recreation director be a resident of the city for a period of time, as well.

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Parks and Recreation Director Tasks

  • Administer the parks and recreation budget to ensure that funds are spent efficiently and projects remain within budget.
  • Develop and implement plans for the parks and recreation system, and direct the collection and analysis of data to support planning.
  • Oversee parks and recreation staff, assign tasks, supervise work, and provide training.
  • Under the direction of the city manager operate a city’s park system and recreational programs.
  • Facilitate communication of parks and recreation department activities, programs, and projects to the public.

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Popular Skills for Parks and Recreation Director


Survey results suggest that Parks and Recreation Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Event Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Event Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director

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


Parks and Recreation Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Parks and Recreation Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $67K.

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Experience Affects Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%


National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 18%

Project Management
up arrow 7%


Event Management
up arrow 5%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Event Planning
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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