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Recreation Director Salary

Median pay for Recreation Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $44K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,656 - $71,478
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,631
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$12.08 - $24.16
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,656 - $71,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$28,450 - $68,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $24.16  
   
Overtime
$10.75 - $36.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
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).
)
$28,450 - $68,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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 People Management, Budget Management, Program Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Event Management. 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.


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 $35K, 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Recreation Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 13%



National Average
$41,000

Event Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%