Recreation Director Salary

Earnings for Recreation Directors in the United States come in at around $44K per year on average. Women Recreation Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Recreation Directors.

$31,228 - $71,971
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,677
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90%

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$12.34 - $25.76
(Median)
$12
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,228 - $71,971  
   
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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$29,548 - $69,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $25.76  
   
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).
)
$29,548 - $69,764  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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 typically list a handful of skills 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, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. It is not unusual for someone who knows Budget Management to be familiar with 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $36K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. Recreation Directors bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 41%

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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%
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