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Recreation Director Salary

Recreation Directors in the United States take home an average $44K per year. Most Recreation Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Women make up a slight majority of Recreation Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,981 - $71,971
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,688
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50%
90%

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$12.19 - $25.45
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,981 - $71,971  
   
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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$29,035 - $69,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $27.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$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).
)
$29,035 - $69,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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 report a focused set of job 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 8 percent and 15 percent. Many workers who know Budget Management also know Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $35K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Recreation Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $59K.

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Experience Affects Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Recreation Director Salaries



People Management
up arrow 8%

Event Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 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: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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