Recreation Director Salary

Earnings for Recreation Directors in the United States come in at around $44K annually on average. The majority of Recreation Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Recreation Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,064 - $71,837

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$12.59 - $27.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,064 - $71,837  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,233  
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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$29,728 - $69,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.59 - $27.00  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $27.31  
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 - $5,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,233  
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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$29,728 - $69,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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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Survey results show that Recreation Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Program Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Recreation Directors. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $36K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. Recreation Directors see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

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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 2%

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
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
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%
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