Recreation Director Salary
Recreation Directors in the United States can expect wages of $46K annually on average. There are more female Recreation Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. Job satisfaction for Recreation Directors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Depending on what programs and services are provided, they may be required to have artistic or athletic knowledge. They are usually required to be knowledgeable in physical fitness, since they are often required to lead a team that contributes to the quality of life in their community. They must have interpersonal and leadership skills. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must be able to build strong teamwork. They must be familiar with various computer programs or software being used by their institution. They may be involved in other administrative tasks, such as budgeting and keeping track of expenses and revenues at their facility. They may have to make presentations to encourage people to get involved in their recreational programs.
Employers often require that recreation directors have a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, physical education, or other relevant fields. Some employers require years of relevant experience. However, candidates who are certified in certain fields may be considered even though they do not have a college degree or experience. They may have to travel to attend conferences or community events.
Recreation Director Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Recreation Director
Job skills reported by Recreation Directors are limited. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Program Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Budget Management are, more often than not, also skilled in People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Recreation Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $42K on average. Recreation Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.