Parks and Recreation Director Salary (United States)

Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $50,633 per year on average but can range from $30,194 to $100,603 per year. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Parks and Recreation Director Salary (?
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$31,320 - $101,575
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MEDIAN: $53,691
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Parks and Recreation Director Salary (?
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$11.95 - $26.64
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$31,320 - $101,575  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Total Pay (?
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$30,194 - $100,603  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $26.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.75  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$30,194 - $100,603  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Parks and Recreation Director

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Parks and Recreation Directors. At career start, salaries are typically $35K, which grows to $49,653 after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $61K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades on the job, Parks and Recreation Directors see salary growth dwindle, averaging $69K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Parks and Recreation Directors report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 24%
Project Management
up arrow 14%
Operations Management
up arrow 12%
National Average
$51,000
Event Planning
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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