Recreation Director Salary
The average Recreation Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K per year. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. There are more female Recreation Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. The majority of Recreation Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Recreation Director
Recreation directors are often responsible for overseeing the daily operations of a recreational facility. They usually work for park and recreation centers, community centers, public parks, or other institutions that organize recreational activities. They create recreation programs. They manage staff and must make sure that they hire the right people for the right activities. They conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner.Read More...
Depending on what programs and services are provided, they may be required to have artistic or athletic knowledge. They are usually required to be knowledgeable in physical fitness, since they are often required to lead a team that contributes to the quality of life in their community. They must have interpersonal and leadership skills. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must be able to build strong teamwork. They must be familiar with various computer programs or software being used by their institution. They may be involved in other administrative tasks, such as budgeting and keeping track of expenses and revenues at their facility. They may have to make presentations to encourage people to get involved in their recreational programs.
Employers often require that recreation directors have a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, physical education, or other relevant fields. Some employers require years of relevant experience. However, candidates who are certified in certain fields may be considered even though they do not have a college degree or experience. They may have to travel to attend conferences or community events.
Recreation Director Tasks
- Develop, plan, and implement enjoyable programs and activities for guests to promote fitness, wellness and enrichment.
- Supervise recreation events to ensure that they meet specific goals, guests' interests and needs and corporate philosophies.
- Keep records to improve future recreation planning, documenting guest reception and participation.
- Manage, develop and lead recreation staff by recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, and reviewing the performance of all staff employees.
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Popular Skills for Recreation Director
Recreation Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Program Management, People Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management. Most people familiar with Budget Management also know People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Recreation Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker earns $39K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $44K. For Recreation Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $54K.
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