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Average Parks and Recreation Director Salary

$59,864
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,000
Bonus
$983
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The average salary for a Parks and Recreation Director is $59,864.
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$37k
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$60k
90%
$100k
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What Do Parks and Recreation Directors Do?

Parks and Recreation Director Tasks
  • Develop and implement plans for the parks and recreation system, and direct the collection and analysis of data to support planning.
  • Under the direction of the city manager operate a city's park system and recreational programs.
  • Facilitate communication of parks and recreation department activities, programs, and projects to the public.
  • Oversee parks and recreation staff, assign tasks, supervise work, and provide training.
  • Administer the parks and recreation budget to ensure that funds are spent efficiently and projects remain within budget.

Job Satisfaction for Parks and Recreation Director

4.2 out of 5
(41)
Highly Satisfied
3Reviews

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What Are Popular Skills for Parks and Recreation Directors?

Skills in People Management and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Event Management, Budget Management and Operations Management.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Directors?

An entry-level Parks and Recreation Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,414 based on 11 salaries. An early career Parks and Recreation Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,089 based on 65 salaries. A mid-career Parks and Recreation Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,671 based on 53 salaries. An experienced Parks and Recreation Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $62,925 based on 94 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $76,574.

Pay Difference by Location

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Years of Experience

This data is based on 303 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.6%
Early Career
21.5%
Mid Career
17.5%
Experienced
31.0%
Late Career
26.4%