Recreation Director Salary

An average Recreation Director in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $68K per year on the higher side. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Recreation Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance.

$30,723 - $70,655
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,921
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90%

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$12.56 - $28.71
(Median)
$13
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,723 - $70,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$1,583  
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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$29,587 - $68,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $28.71  
   
Overtime
$1.43 - $31.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,583  
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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$29,587 - $68,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.

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Recreation Director Tasks

  • 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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Professional skills reported by Recreation Directors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Program Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Recreation Directors. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $36K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. Recreation Directors bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $60K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 6%

Program Management
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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