Parks and Recreation Director Salary

With just below three-fifths of Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $30K to $98K per year and averages out to $57K annually. For the most part, Parks and Recreation Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Parks and Recreation Directors (66 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,874 - $99,816
(Median)
$31K
$57K
$100K
MEDIAN: $56,676
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$10.10 - $30.00
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$10
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$30,874 - $99,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
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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$30,318 - $98,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $30.00  
   
Overtime
$34.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,919  
   
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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$30,318 - $98,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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Survey results show that Parks and Recreation Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Project Management, Budget Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Event Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Budget Management and Operations Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. Parks and Recreation Directors see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $70K.

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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
up arrow 27%


National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
0%

National Average
$55,000

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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