Recreation Director Salary

Recreation Directors in the United States can expect wages of $44K per year on average. Most Recreation Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Men make up a slight majority of Recreation Directors (50 percent) who responded to the survey. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,022 - $72,038
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,597
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90%

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$12.36 - $25.58
(Median)
$12
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,022 - $72,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,847  
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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$29,361 - $69,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $25.58  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $27.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,847  
   
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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$29,361 - $69,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Program Management, People Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Those with knowledge of Budget Management tend to be skilled in Program Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Director

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


For many Recreation Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $36K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $40K. Recreation Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Recreation Director Salaries



People Management
up arrow 7%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 20%
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