Parks and Recreation Director Salary

The majority of Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States — close to one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $31K to $97K per year, and the median is $57K annually. The majority of Parks and Recreation Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Parks and Recreation Directors (62 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,578 - $98,721
$34K
$57K
$99K
MEDIAN: $56,892
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$8.97 - $38.77
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$39
MEDIAN: $17.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$33,578 - $98,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,921 - $96,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$8.97 - $38.77  
   
Overtime
$20.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$30,921 - $96,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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

  • Develop and implement plans for the parks and recreation system, and direct the collection and analysis of data to support planning.
  • 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.
  • Oversee parks and recreation staff, assign tasks, supervise work, and provide training.
  • Administer the parks and recreation budget to ensure that funds are spent efficiently and projects remain within budget.

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Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director

Pay by Experience for a Parks and Recreation Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Parks and Recreation Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 87 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Parks and Recreation Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 56 salaries. An experienced Parks and Recreation Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 75 salaries. A Parks and Recreation Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 57 salaries.

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Q: What is it like working as a Parks and Recreation Director?

Parks and Recreation Director in Plainville:
Pros: The satisfaction and wonderful feeling I have to help and teach children all the sports and games in town. I want to help children learn and be successful in all my programs. The children in town are amazing and I want them all to enjoy the programs and have FUN.
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Key Stats for Parks and Recreation Director

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

▲38%

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$56,000

▼25%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
▲13%


Project Management
▲2%

Event Management
▲1%

Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Strategic Planning
▼1%

Program Management
▼26%

Event Planning
▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 10%