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.

$30,882 - $71,163
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MEDIAN: $48,107
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$12.54 - $28.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,882 - $71,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,010  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$29,826 - $68,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.54 - $28.55  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $44.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$29,826 - $68,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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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

  • 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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Key Stats for Recreation Director

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Recreation Director Salaries



People Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Event Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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