The average salary for a Parks and Recreation Director is $56,058 per year. A skill in People Management is associated with high pay for this job.
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$30,993 - $97,521
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MEDIAN: $56,058
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$9.07 - $36.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,993 - $97,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,101 - $95,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $36.77  
   
Overtime
$20.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
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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$30,101 - $95,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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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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
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Parks and Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 15%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
0%

National Average
$55,000


Program Management
up arrow 25%

Event Planning
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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