A little over a half of Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $31K to $92K per year, and the average comes out to $56K annually. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. More than half of Parks and Recreation Directors (61 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,335 - $94,442
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$31K
$56K
$94K
MEDIAN: $55,575
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$9.03 - $37.10
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$37
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,335 - $94,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$30,547 - $92,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $37.10  
   
Overtime
$20.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$30,547 - $92,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Parks and Recreation Directors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $73K.

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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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Experience Affects Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 15%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Program Management
up arrow 25%

Event Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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