Recreation Director Salary

The average Recreation Director in the United States earns approximately $44K annually. Women make up a slight majority of Recreation Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction for Recreation Directors is high.

$30,872 - $72,439
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,707
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$12.27 - $25.06
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,872 - $72,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
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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$28,996 - $69,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $25.06  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $27.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
   
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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$28,996 - $69,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Recreation Director

  • Supervise recreation events to ensure that they meet specific goals, guests’ interests and needs and corporate philosophies.
  • Manage, develop and lead recreation staff by recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, and reviewing the performance of all staff employees.
  • Develop, plan, and implement enjoyable programs and activities for guests to promote fitness, wellness and enrichment.
  • Keep records to improve future recreation planning, documenting guest reception and participation.

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Recreation Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, People Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Program Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Director

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


Recreation Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $35K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $40K. Recreation Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $58K on average.

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Experience Affects Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Recreation Director Salaries


People Management
up arrow 11%


Event Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%