Parks and Recreation Director Salary

Parks and Recreation Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $58K per year, but may range from $31K to $98K per year. Male Parks and Recreation Directors who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Parks and Recreation Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,262 - $99,200
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$58K
$99K
MEDIAN: $58,463
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$8.97 - $34.90
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Salary $33,262 - $99,200
Bonus $0.00 - $2,500
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$31,087 - $97,743
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 215
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $8.97 - $34.90
Overtime $24.00
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,500
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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$31,087 - $97,743
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

▲37%

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$56,000

▼26%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
▲12%


Project Management
▲1%

Event Management
▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Operations Management
▼1%

Strategic Planning
▼2%

Program Management
▼27%

Event Planning
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 9%
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