Parks and Recreation Director Salary
|Salary||$30,993 - $97,521|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,909|
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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).)
|$30,101 - $95,026|
|Hourly Rate||$9.07 - $36.77|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $2,909|
|Total Pay (||$30,101 - $95,026|
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.Read More...
Those in this position work primarily in office settings, although occasionally they may need to travel locally for publicity events. They are not only responsible for ensuring that parks are maintained and well-kept, but also for improving facilities and maintaining programs that are available to the community. The parks/recreation director will also have to budget the department's finances and implement plans to improve or update facilities for the benefit of the community.
If problems arise within the parks/recreation system, the director is responsible for resolving such issues in an efficient and timely manner. The director will also meet with a board to discuss policies which can be implemented. They will usually manage a team of department directors, so excellent leadership and communication skills are required.
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Parks and Recreation Directors make a median salary of $60K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $74K on average.
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