Parks and Recreation Director Salary (United States)

The majority of Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States—more than half—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30,194 to $100,603 per year and typically amount to $50,633 per year. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Parks and Recreation Director Salary (?
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$31,320 - $101,575
(Median)
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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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$0$50K$100K$150K
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  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$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.
For Parks and Recreation Directors, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. At career start, salaries are typically $35K, which grows to $49,653 after five to 10 years. Compensation is $61K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, Parks and Recreation Directors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $69K. Parks and Recreation Directors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 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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