Average Parks and Recreation Director Salary

$59,515
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$950
Bonus
$983
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Parks and Recreation Director is $59,515.
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Salary
$36k - $100k
Bonus
$0 - $3k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $5k
Total Pay
$34k - $99k

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Job Description for Parks and Recreation Director

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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Parks and Recreation Director. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Parks and Recreation Director
Recreation Director
Marketing Communications Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Parks and Recreation Director

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

Pay by Experience Level for Parks and Recreation Director

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 $40,762 based on 43 salaries. An early career Parks and Recreation Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,681 based on 125 salaries. A mid-career Parks and Recreation Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,199 based on 110 salaries. An experienced Parks and Recreation Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,709 based on 134 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $77,684.

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Years of Experience

This data is based on 512 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.4%
Early Career
24.4%
Mid Career
21.5%
Experienced
26.2%
Late Career
19.5%