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.

$31,219 - $72,830
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,409
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$12.44 - $28.78
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$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,219 - $72,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,918  
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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$29,965 - $68,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $28.78  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $37.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,918  
   
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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$29,965 - $68,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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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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.

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Experience Affects Recreation Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Recreation Director Salaries


People Management
up arrow 3%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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